A search of the vehicle resulted in three lurcher dogs being seized by police. The dogs were taken to a nearby vet for treatment. Officers also found 14 dead rabbits in the car and an injured fox, which later died.
Sergeant Darren Walshaw said: ‘The level of animal cruelty displayed on this occasion is disturbing and we are committed to finding out who is responsible for this cruel and illegal act. In addition to the pain and suffering inflicted on the animals, the suspects have also trespassed and caused excessive damage to property.’
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