De­cap­i­tated fox found in gar­den

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL -

A COU­PLE have told of their shock af­ter they dis­cov­ered a de­cap­i­tated fox in their gar­den.

Hazel and Gra­ham Turner, from Lan­g­ley, were alerted to the grue­some dis­cov­ery one af­ter­noon ear­lier this month by the boy who mows their lawn.

And Hazel, 67, who has lived in the vil­lage since 2007 with her hus­band Gra­ham,69, said she be­lieves it to be the work of a per­son rather than an an­i­mal.

She said: “The young man who does our lawn for us found the body among the shrubs. He thought it was a cat at first and ran over to tell us he’d found some­thing grue­some in the gar­den.

“I was just hor­ri­fied. It makes me feel sick to think the per­son or peo­ple re­spon­si­ble could be just walk­ing around in my lit­tle vil­lage.

“It had to be a per­son that did it, not an an­i­mal, as it was a fresh cut on the neck, a pure, clean slice through the throat – there were no scratches or bites.

“It just makes you won­der what kind of weirdo could do some­thing like this.”

The an­i­mal-lov­ing cou­ple, who have two dogs and reg­u­larly feed a fe­male fox that vis­its their gar­den at night, feared at first that the dead fox might be the same one but were re­lieved to find it was not.

They also be­lieve that the car­cass of the dead an­i­mal and its head, which Hazel says were three or four me­tres apart, may have been thrown over the rail­ings and are now urg­ing oth­ers to be on the look­out for any­one com­mit­ting an­i­mal cru­elty in the area.

Hazel said: “Peo­ple in the area tell me things like this have hap­pened be­fore to cats.

“I couldn’t even bring my­self to look at the body but my hus­band did and was sick­ened, he just can’t imag­ine who would do such a thing.”

An RSPCA spokesper­son said: “This must have been a dis­tress­ing dis­cov­ery for the per­son in­volved.

“It is dif­fi­cult to know for sure what may have hap­pened to the fox in this case but of­ten an­i­mals found in this way can sadly be vic­tims of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents that were then scav­enged by wild an­i­mals, leav­ing sur­pris­ingly neat wounds.”

The spokesper­son added: “Any­body who has wel­fare con­cerns for any an­i­mal should call our 24-hour cru­elty and ad­vice line on 0300 1234 999.

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