Four dead rabbits dumped in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 13:25 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 15 May 2018
The RSPCA is encouraging witnesses to come forward after a dog walker came across four dead rabbits in plastic bags that had been flytipped in Hatfield.
Mark Lampert, of Bishops Rise, was walking his terrier Spike when the pair came across two rabbits in Lane End on Sunday.
The following day they were walking through the woods and discovered that a further two rabbits had been dumped in plastic bags filled with hay.
Mr Lampert said: “There’s no way you would get a car up there so whoever has dumped them has clearly had to walk up here with them.
“At first I thought it was bags of rubbish so I picked it up to take back with me and dispose of properly like I usually do but then a body emerged from the hay.”
He reported it to the Welwyn Hatfield Council and the RSPCA.
A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield council said: “This case has been reported to us and crews will be attending as soon as possible.
“Sadly, in rare cases where deceased animals are left in this way, they are cleared by the crews and disposed of appropriately.
“If residents are struggling with their pets, we urge them to use the rehoming options available through charities and other animal welfare organisations.”
An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “It must have been really upsetting for the man who found the bodies of these poor rabbits.
“This has now been reported to us and will be looked into.”
The flytipping of dead animals isn’t something the RSPCA has the capacity to investigate and is the responsibility of local authorities.
The spokeswoman added: “However, we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate the improper killing of animals if we have any evidence which suggests an offence may have been committed or the animals have suffered before their death.
“Anyone with any information about what happened to these rabbits should call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”