POLICE are appealing for the public’s help after a pet rabbit was believed to have been deliberately killed and decapitated.
PC Simon Buckle made the discovery in Hilsea, Portsmouth, early on Sunday morning.
Police have confirmed the animal was a domestic rabbit, not wild, and the owner has yet to be identified.
Officers are investigating whether it is linked to a similar incident in which a pet cat was found mutilated and killed in Beresford Road, North End last week, as reported in The News.
PC Buckle said: ‘We have had two recent incidents of animal killings, one involving a cat and one involving a domestic rabbit.
‘On both occasions the animals had been subjected to extreme cruelty. We are looking into the possibility that these two incidents could be linked and are urging anyone with any information to come forward.
‘We recognise that these incidents are very distressing and it is a worrying time for pet owners. At this time we would urge residents of Portsmouth to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to us.’
PC Buckle visited Condor Logistics in Limberline Road – near to where the rabbit was found – to see if security guard Paul White had seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.
Mr White said: ‘If a cat goes missing these days, you don’t go to the police and if your rabbit goes missing you assume you’ve left the gate open. The public should know this is happening and should report it if they see anything.
‘If I had seen them, I’d have had the police down there.’
Mr White, who owns a cat, Molly, added: ‘We would be devastated if it happened to us – she is part of the family. The sooner these people are caught the better.’
Call police on 101 if you can help.