SICK yobs decapitated a South Tyneside mum’s pet rabbit and left its body lying on a footpath.
Louise Bradley was left horrified after finding her rabbit Alfie had been taken from his hutch in her garden in Hertford Avenue in Marsden, South Shields, and killed.
Yobs entered her garden at about 4am on Thursday and removed the bottom of the cage before taking the animal, leaving fellow rabbits Roxy, Oxo and Amy behind.
However, the body of three–year–old Alfie was discovered in the street a few hours later with his head removed.
Mrs Bradley, 46, said: “I was woken up, the dog was going wild, so I went and let him out in the garden.
“That’s when I discovered the bottom of the cage had been prised off. Two of the rabbits were still there, one was in the garden but Alfie had gone.
“He was the cutest of the four so I thought perhaps someone had stolen him for a Christmas present, I just wish that was the case.”
Mrs Bradley, a pub manager, went to work later that morning, but at about 10am her brother rang to say he’d found Alfie’s body with his head cut off.
The mum-of-one said: “I knew it wasn’t a fox or an animal which had taken him, because of the way the cage had been opened.
“But it looks like someone has deliberately cut his head of with a knife and just left him there on the footpath, it’s beyond sick.
“I’m just glad I don’t have young children, imagine them finding out what’s happened to their pet.”
She added: “It’s heartbreaking because Alfie was so friendly, that’s why they would have managed to capture him, he would have went over.
“It’s sickening that someone could do this, I just hope whoever is responsible is caught.”
Police are now appealing for anyone with information about the senseless slaughter to get in touch.
A police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for information after a rabbit was killed in South Tyneside.
“It happened at 4am on Thursday, when an unknown offender entered the back garden of an address in Hertford Avenue, South Shields.
“A pet rabbit was taken from its cage, killed and left on a footpath.”
Anyone who has information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.