London police are looking for a group of people who tortured and burned foxes
British police are hunting a group of people in east London who repeatedly tortured foxes, including setting them on fire.
An animal rescue group called police late last month about a fox that had been burned in a wooded area near Kestrel Avenue and Linton Gardens.
One resident said he woke up at 1 a.m. to the sound of someone screaming. During the investigation, the man saw a group of men pour lighter fluid on the fox and set it on fire with a lighter, police said.
The fox managed to escape, but was badly burned. It is unclear the extent of the animal’s injuries or whether it survived the horrific attack.
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Investigators found that the group of men traveled to the area early in the morning and had previously captured and tortured foxes. According to the police, the group set the fire to lure the foxes out of their dens and throw their dogs at them.
“I am deeply shocked and sickened by these horrific and cruel events and I urge anyone with information to come forward so that we can catch those responsible and prevent further harm to foxes,” the officer said. – Detective James Mahoney in a statement.
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Mahoney urged residents in his neighborhood to check the doorbell, camera or surveillance camera “if you catch these serious crimes or groups of people that fit the description.”
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