Police have appealed for information after a park was raided, leaving some animals dead and others missing.
Vandals at St Leonard’s Farm Park in Esholt, near Bradford, tortured and killed animals and are believed to have stolen others.
Denise Wainhouse, who has run the park for the last 20 years with her husband Jim, told the Bradford Telegraph and Angus that she first noticed something was happening last Thursday.
‘Our tortoise Samantha disappeared from her pen,’ she said.
‘Whoever was responsible kept coming back over the weekend, wreaking havoc.
‘Once inside they used two exotic mice as live bait to entice the meerkats, who ate them.
‘Torture and murder have taken place here,’ she said.
A local woman found the two missing meerkats in a car park and the third was found outside a pub by Mrs Wainhouse and her son.
‘One could lose faith in humanity, but the support from the local community has been so wonderful,’ said Mrs Wainhouse.
Samantha the tortoise is still missing, as is a cockatiel named Paddy.
Sergeant James Firth of the Shipley Neighbourhood Area Team, called the incidents ‘upsetting for all concerned’.
‘We are keen to hear from anyone with information,’ he said.
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or police can be contacted on 101.
6 June 2014 | 3:23 pm – Source: metro.co.uk