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Last Updated: Friday, 16 July, 2004, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Rabbit killed in 'callous' attack
Hutch burning site
The discovery was made on an industrial estate
Animal inspectors have appealed for help to catch the person responsible for a "callous attack" on a rabbit.

The animal was found dead next to a burnt-out hutch on Friday morning in Aberdeen's Tullos Industrial Estate.

Alison Adam, a senior Scottish SPCA inspector, said it was thought that the rabbit had been struck on the head with a heavy object.

She said: "This appears to be a deliberate, callous attack and should not be tolerated in any manner."

She urged anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to come forward.

"The hutch was large and I feel someone must have seen something," she added.

We are not sure if the rabbit had been abandoned, or whether it had been stolen
Constable John McOuat
Grampian Police

"Rabbits are dependable animals and would not have been able to fight back or escape from whoever did this terrible act.

"This person needs to be caught before hurting or killing another defenceless animal."

The Scottish SPCA is helping Grampian Police to establish the animal's cause of death.

Police are also trying to trace the owner of the rabbit, which was black and white and wearing a blue and black collar.

Constable John McOuat said: "It is very distressing when any animal is found dead, especially in circumstances like this.

Animal cruelty

"We believe that the fire was started some time between 9pm last night and when the hutch was found early this morning.

"We are not sure if the rabbit had been abandoned, or whether it had been stolen.

"If anyone has any information, I would urge them to contact us as soon as they can."

The Grampian force is already investigating a case of animal cruelty earlier this week when a kitten was beheaded in the village of Auchenblae.

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