‘Barbaric abuse of our local wildlife’ – USPCA offers reward for information after rocket is strapped to rabbit

The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a £500 reward for information leading to a successful conviction following the discovery of the remains of a wild rabbit in Newcastle which had a rocket attached to it.

The animal welfare charity is appealing to members of the public with any information to come forward immediately and alert the PSNI. The rabbit was found in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

USPCA Chief Executive, Brendan Mullan, said, “This is a horrific incident and we are appalled to see such barbaric abuse of our local wildlife. We cannot comprehend the motives of the individuals who carry out such brutal attacks against vulnerable animals like this.

“Unfortunately this is a stark reminder of the many challenges we are facing with regards to animal welfare in Northern Ireland. We are encouraging anyone with information that may assist the PSNI in their investigation to contact them on the 101 number,” continued Brendan.