A 43-year-old man was arrested at a house in Melbourne' eastern suburbs last night by Department of Environment Land Water and Planning officers (DELWP) and charged with one count of destroying protected wildlife.

The arrest comes after a shocking video of a person attacking a kangaroo was posted on chat app, WeChat.

Evidence including firearms, knives and mobile phones was also seized from the property.

The man was granted bail and will appear at Ringwood Magistrates Court at a later date.

DELWP Manager Compliance Operations Glenn Sharp said: “We take all alleged cases of animal cruelty very seriously.”

“The wildlife offences captured in this video are particularly abhorrent.”

“We’d like to thank members of the public who came forward with information about the alleged offences and enabled us to act quickly in response.”

“We work closely with RSPCA, Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers to help combat wildlife crime.”

Under the Wildlife Act 1975,  the penalties associated with killing, destroying and being in control of unlawfully taken protected wildlife range from $7,928 to $38,056 and/or six to 24 months’ imprisonment.

People can report wildlife crime confidentially to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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