WARNING — GRAPHIC DETAILS: Numerous dead animals, including koalas and dogs, have been found butchered and dumped in a Brisbane park.
Police were called to Toowong’s Anzac Park around 6:30pm on Thursday after council workers stumbled across the grim scene involving up to 20 animals, including a decapitated koala and a massacred border collie, The Courier Mail reports.
Multiple dead possums, guinea pigs and a cat were also reportedly discovered.
An investigation into the animals’ horrific deaths is now underway.
“Police with the assistance of the RSPCA are investigating the location of a number of deceased animals at Toowong,” a Queensland Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.
“Officers were called to a location on Wool Street around 6.30pm after the animals, including koalas and dogs, were discovered on a grass verge.
“Investigations are underway into the cause of death and the circumstances leading up to them being left.”
Next to their remains, which are being held at a police station, officers also located two 44 gallon drums but their contents were deemed safe by authorities, the ABC reports.
'This is a sick act'
Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner said he is “saddened, disturbed and appalled” by what has occurred and that the council officers who found the animals have been offered counselling for the “horrific things that they saw”.
Councillor James Mackay agreed with Mr Schrinner’s sentiments.
“Today I share the sad news that police are investigating a number of dead animals found dumped in Toowong’s Anzac Park,” he posted on Facebook on Friday.
“This is a sick act. Like the Lord Mayor, I’m saddened, disturbed and appalled at what has happened to these poor defenceless animals.
“The matter is being investigated by police who I hope will find the culprits so our courts can deal with them.”
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers.
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