The bodies of two rabbits have been found tied to a bench using cable ties.
Police received a call from a member of the public after discovering the animals, thought to be wild rabbits, tied to a bench in Broad Green, Wellingborough, just before 8am today (Monday).
The animals were already dead by the time officers arrived so nothing could be done to help them, but they contacted Animals In Need in Little Irchester to see if the charity could help deal with the bodies.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We were called this morning (August 11) after two rabbits were found in Wellingborough tied to a bench with cable ties.
“This is clearly a distressing incident but as the animals were already dead, unfortunately there was nothing we could do for them.
“We would urge members of the public with any information on this matter to call us on 0300 1234999.”
A spokesman for Animals In Need said: “Two police officers came down to see if there was anything we could do.
“The rabbits had cable ties around their neck, and one had quite deep cuts.
“The officers were quite disgusted by the sight.
“I don’t know why anyone would want to do this.
“It’s just a sick prank or were they there as bait for something else?”
Northamptonshire Police confirmed it had received a call just before 8am about the rabbits, and the caller was ‘distressed’ about the incident.
A spokesman for the force said: “We received a call this morning to say some dead rabbits had been tied to a bench.
“We removed the rabbits and took them to Animals In Need for disposal.”