11-01-2010, 10:09 PM
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Intruders kill animals at Zoo
At first sight, dog walker Penny Kent blamed the gory mess on a coyote.
The St. Catharines woman came across the mangled carcass of a large rabbit in the parking lot of Happy Rolph Bird Sanctuary and Petting Zoo about 6 a.m. Tuesday while setting out on a walk with her dog.
She , thinking nature had simply taken its course at the park in the city's north end.
"I didn't really think anything of it, because they do have coyotes down there," she recounted later in the afternoon.It wasn't until she ran into a staff member at the city-run park a short time later that she learned the disturbing truth about her gruesome discovery.
Kent said the worker explained the mutilated bunny she'd found was among a handful of small animals deliberately slaughtered by intruders sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning at the popular petting zoo.
Niagara Regional Police said four animals were killed during a bloody break-in at Happy Rolph and "numerous" others were shot with pellets and BBs from air guns.
The injured animals are recovering well, the Lincoln County Humane Society said.
Police believe the culprits also stole a baby goat from the park when they left.
Investigators and city officials aren't releasing specific details about what kinds of animals were killed or how they died, in hopes the information will help them identify suspects.
But a number of independent sources told The Standard the dead animals included rabbits and chickens, and that they were treated with appalling cruelty.
This is just sickening.
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