Thursday 23 June 2022 08:26 AM Man who shot, killed and dumped his pet saltwater crocs demands compensation trends now
A Queensland man who shot his beloved pet crocodiles before throwing their bloodied carcasses onto the doorstep of a government building is demanding compensation from the state's Department of Environment.
Innisfail Landcare contractor Adrian Hogg had legally kept his saltwater crocodiles 'Big Boy' and 'Little Girl' for years in an enclosure in his backyard.
Permit reforms in 2020, however, meant he was unable to renew his 2018 permit when it expired in 2021.
Mr Hogg was given a 'cruel' ultimatum by the Department of Environment and Science - rehome the salties or have them put down by a vet.
In response Mr Hogg shot both his pets through the head and drove them to the department's doorstep, crying out as he dumped the carcasses that he hoped the department's officials were happy with themselves.
He is now seeking $100,000 compensation from the department to recoup the costs of maintaining the crocs under the earlier permit conditions.
Adrian Hogg bought his saltwater crocodiles for $700 and watched them grow before he says he had no choice but to shoot them
Mr Hogg took the drastic action of shooting his pets after the department told him they required proof of the crocodiles' deaths if he was going to have them put down.
Mr Hogg said he was devastated he had to kill his pets, saying shooting them was 'horrible, absolutely horrible'.
Mr Hogg said keeping the crocodile enclosure in conformity with regulations had cost him more than $30,000
The Department of Environment and