Police investigation launched after rabbit found dead in Harpenden owner’s flower bed
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Police have now launched an appeal for information after a rabbit was found dead in its owner’s garden in Harpenden, having sustained several wounds.
The body of the grey rabbit was found in a flower bed in a garden in Longfield Road, having been killed sometime between Longfield Road between 11am on Monday and 11am on Wednesday.
A post mortem is being scheduled to determine how the wounds were inflicted.
PC Richard Donbavand, who is investigating, said: “This was understandably an extremely distressing incident for the rabbit’s owner and I want to reassure the people of Harpenden and the wider community that we are taking this report very seriously.
“An investigation has now been launched and I am appealing for anyone with information to please come forward.
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“Were you in the area and witnessed someone behaving strangely, perhaps attempting to gain entry to rear gardens on Longfield Road? Any information you can provide could prove vital in the investigation.
“At this time, we cannot confirm whether this incident is being linked to the Metropolitan Police’s ‘M25 Cat Killer’ Operation Takahe but we are exploring several lines of enquiry.
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“This is understandably a highly emotive subject for many people and I appreciate that they will be worried about their pets.
“If you are concerned, our advice would be if you have smaller pets that live outside in hutches, bring them inside or move them to a locked shed or garage overnight if possible.”
If you have any information that could assist the investigation, call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference F2/17/2157 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report/Report.aspx
Alternatively, if you have any information about this incident you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.