A family of animal lovers were horrified to find their pet rabbit being savagely mauled by two dogs who had chewed their way into its hutch.
The bunny named Pete suffered internal injuries, a broken leg and extreme shock after being set upon by the two other animals in a shock attack that took place in Glenrothes, Scotland, on Wednesday.
Sadly, Pete was put down by vets on compassionate grounds as the severity of his injuries were realised.
Mum-of-two Steph Grandison was distraught – and her two schoolboy sons were "traumatised" – as they witnessed the savage attack by two Spaniel-type dogs in the garden of their family home.
The 24-year-old was horrified to discover the two dogs had broken into the family’s secure garden and gnawed their way through a fox-proof hutch to attack the bunny.
Steph fought off the two dogs before scooping up the one-year-old rabbit and rushing him to the local vet – where he was sadly euthanised.
The young mum explained that her sons, seven-year-old Levi and five-year-old Bailey, had been left horrified by the violent scenes of nature.
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She told the Daily Record: "My eldest son fell on the floor and was sobbing his heart out. The destruction that was left behind was just awful. For them to walk into it was just not nice.
"The den was scattered everywhere, the hutch was broken into, there was no rabbit, there was straw everywhere. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It was horrific.
"Especially because he was a pet, not just a rabbit. He’s only been with us a month but he was a good wee thing.
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"He wasn’t so keen at getting handled to start with but he had come right out of his shell. He loved being clapped by the kids and got loads of attention."
Steph has expressed her fear that other pets in the area could suffer a similar fate – while also sharing her worry that the animals could attack children.
She said: "This area is full of dogs and children and if they were attacked, it could be even worse.
"I just don’t understand how they were able to get in the garden, regardless of being on a lead or not."
The horrified mum was assisted by a neighbour to retrieve Pete following the attack, and she also called police about the unaccompanied dogs.
Authorities have appealed for help from the public to help track down the animals.
Graeme Anderson, Technical Officer for Fife Council told the Record: "We're aware of this incident.
"Our Dog Control Officers are investigating the matter and are appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 01592 583642 or emailing [email protected] with any information which may assist in identifying the dog owner/s."
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