More than a dozen mutilated animals, including a koala with its head severed, dogs, birds, and possums, have been found in an inner-city park in Brisbane.
Astonished city workers made the gruesome find in Anzac Park in Toowong on Thursday evening.
Two 44-liter barrels of soil were found at the scene, as well as the mangled bodies of animals that had been buried nearby in a mound.
According to a statement given to the AAP by the police, “Officers were summoned to a location on Wool Street around 6.30pm after the animals, including koalas and dogs, were spotted on a grass verge.”
“Investigations are currently being conducted into the circumstances leading up to their leaving as well as the cause of death,”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner of Brisbane referred to it as a “sick act,” and the police officers who came upon the horrifying scene were provided with psychiatric assistance after they witnessed it.
According to Cr. Schrinner, “I’m disappointed, disturbed, and outraged at what’s happening here.”
“It is now up to the police, who I trust will discover the people responsible so that our courts can deal with them,”
The city’s police department and the RSPCA have joined forces to launch a joint investigation that will look into the city’s surveillance cameras, but they are asking anyone who may have information to come forwards.