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NSW woman charged with torturing animals

A 73-year-old NSW woman who allegedly gained the trust of a variety of animals with food before taking them home to torture and mutilate them has been charged.

A search of the woman's Tuncurry home found a mobile phone which contained photos and videos of mutilated animals in public locations, including a dog and rabbit.

Police also found a caged magpie that had its beak cut off. The bird was taken to a vet and euthanised.

The woman was spotted by members of the public grabbing a pelican and bundling it into her boot, with its wing left protruding from the closed door, on April 27 at Tuncurry on the mid north coast, police said.

She let the injured animal go as officers approached her after stopping her vehicle nearby, according to police.

A week later they searched her home and allegedly found extensive evidence of animal torture.

NSW Police photos of the woman's Rest Point Parade home showed three dirty cages on the ground outside containing two magpies and a native parrot.

Investigators said the woman would take the animals - which she had mutilated over an extended period of time - to the vet to be euthanised, claiming to have found them.

The woman was charged with a variety of offences including committing an act of cruelty on an animal, failing to provide vet treatment and dealing in animals.

She was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Forster Local Court on May 22.

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