The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rabbit was impaled on railings and set on fire over Easter Weekend.
The white Lion-head type was found by horrified members of the public who called the RSPCA at around 10pm on Saturday night (4 April).
The rabbit was spotted on Bellfield Lane off Milnrow Road in Rochdale, by the railway bridge. The location was very visible, right next to some traffic lights.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Booker said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for all involved.
“The rabbit was dead on my arrival, it’s fur was burnt and it was bleeding from the mouth.
“Someone has clearly gone to great lengths to do this.
“I am appealing for anyone with any information about this dreadful act, or who thinks the rabbit may belong to them, to contact me on the RSPCA’s inspector appeal line 0200 123 8018.”
The rabbit was in good bodily condition but wasn’t microchipped so at the moment there is no way of tracing its owner.
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