SYDNEY — An Oz “Big Brother” contestant is under investigation for cruelty to animals after boasting on the reality skein that he ran over a kangaroo with a car and then beat it to death with a piece of wood.
The RSPCA and the Dept. of Sustainability and Environment began the probe after Glenn Dallinger, a 21-year-old sheep shearer, described the animal’s death to housemates — and the nation.
RSPCA topper Hugh Wirth said it was too soon to say if criminal charges would be filed.
A spokesman for Southern Star Endemol, which makes the skein that airs on Ten, said it did not condone or excuse animal cruelty or illegal behavior by “Big Brother” contestants.
“If Glenn has a case to answer, then we will happily consider any appropriate order for us to provide tapes or transcripts,” a spokesman said.
Dallinger denies he did wrong, saying he killed the roo “for its own good” after injuring it with the car.
He was voted out of the house on Sunday night after animal protection groups conducted an email campaign against him. Some 49% of viewers voted Dallinger out, one of the highest rates so far.