Three Southland teenagers have been charged with firearms offences after a pet goat was shot.

The three 17-year-old males were arrested following shots were fired twice on July 17.

Western Southland Senior Sergeant Pete Graham says early a group of young males in a ute reportedly shot a pet goat and an outhouse at a remote hut in the Rowallan area.

A group of the same description had also fired shots near another hut, scaring the occupants.

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Police searched three Riverton addresses yesterday and found three men along with firearms.

Three men have been charged with serious firearms offences and will appear in the Invercargill District Court next week.