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Fresh plea over sickening torture of Hartlepool nursery rabbit

Leanne Clark (nursery nurse) with Alyssa Ann Macuney, and Janet Cain (acting supervisor) with Leonna Tindale and Isabelle Harwood alongside  the empty Rabbit cage. Picture by Frank Reid

Leanne Clark (nursery nurse) with Alyssa Ann Macuney, and Janet Cain (acting supervisor) with Leonna Tindale and Isabelle Harwood alongside the empty Rabbit cage. Picture by Frank Reid

INQUIRIES are continuing into the cruel torture and killing of a nursery’s pet rabbit.

Thieves broke into a shed in the grounds of Cherry Tree Nursery, which is attached to Manor Resident’s Association, in Kilmarnock Road, Hartlepool, on Monday, April 28.

The sick yobs swiped Sooty, the nursery children’s pet rabbit, from his hutch, before torturing him and leaving him hanging between the branches of a nearby tree.

A member if the public spotted the animal and contacted the police.

Today, Cleveland Police re-appealed for witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about the crime, to come forward.

There was also a red push-along bike stolen from the shed as well, and officers would like to know if anyone has been offered the bike for sale, or if anyone has seen it in the area.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Officers are continuing to investigate this incident and we would urge anyone with any information which could help our inquiries to come forward.”

The youngsters at the nursery were delighted when a kind-hearted resident donated a new rabbit, which they have called Jessie.

And on May 30 they are due to get a second rabbit from thoughtful staff at an animal farm in Darlington.

Meanwhile an investigation which was launched after a puppy was snatched from its owners arms has drawn to a close.

The six-week-old puppy was wrestled from the arms of town man Scott Stevens outside of Sainsbury’s, in Hartlepool’s Murray Street, on Tuesday, April 29.

The dog was later found on a travellers’ site on Prospect Way, in the Brenda Road area, by police and returned to its owner.

In investigation was started, but with with the owner not wishing to take the matter any further and the travellers’ site now having moved on, police have drawn a line under the matter.

Anyone with information about the killing of the rabbit is asked to contact PC Anthony Wallace on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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