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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Headless rabbits found
The animals probably suffered a terrifying death

Five pet rabbits have been found decapitated in Bristol gardens in two separate incidents.

Mandy Leath of Redland in Bristol, discovered family pets Babs and Rocky dead with their heads missing, in early April.

Three animals were then found decapitated by Lynsey Dunn at her home in Montpelier in early May.

The rabbits were lying around the garden and a fourth rabbit, Reg, was discovered alive but terrified behind a hutch which had been unbolted.

The cuts were clean and there was no sign of fur or flattened plants around the garden indicating a chase or fight.

RSPCA inspector Glyn Roberts, said: "One incident might have been down to an attack by a stray animal.

"But two within a short distance apart is more sinister.

"It is probable that the rabbits would have suffered a terrifying death.

"We would like to hear from anyone with any information about these incidents, or who has pets that have suffered a similar fate and has not yet spoken to us.

"We would advise rabbit owners to ensure their pets' hutches and runs are safely locked."

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