A DAD has warned families to keep their pets under lock and key after thugs sliced off the ears of his son’s pet bunny.
And the RSPCA has vowed to prosecute the “sick” culprit who carried out the gruesome attack.
Two year old Buttons, who was house-trained and even went for walks on a lead, disappeared from his hutch in Colne, Tinkers Bridge in broad daylight last Thursday.
“I came home from work to find the hutch door open and he was missing from the garden,” said warehouseman Steven Walker.
Minutes later he found Button’s body, thrown on the park outside the garden gate.
“His ears had been sliced clean off. There was no blood on him and he had clearly not been attacked by another animal.
“There is no doubt that some sick person did this deliberately using a knife or sharp pair of scissors.”
Buttons, who belonged to Steven’s son Morgan, spent his days in the rabbit-proof garden with his friend Smudge the tortoise.
In the evenings he came into the house, where he watched TV on Morgan’s lap and was trained to use a litter tray.
“He was like a little dog. Morgan walked him to the shops on a lead all the time,” said Steven.
With reports of several cats on the estate going missing and two other rabbits disappearing from nearby gardens, the family is now worried there is a serial animal killer in the area.
“Certainly the person who killed Buttons is crazy. People should lock up their pets until he or she is caught,” said Steven.
The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened between 9am and 3.30pm.
Anyone with information should contact them on0300 1234 999.