PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information on the pair who attacked alpacas Bill and Ben at a nursing home in Haslingden, chasing them and throwing garden chairs at them.
The incident happened about 10.15pm on August 4th when men went into the grounds of Danesmoor Nursing Home in Helmshore Road.
“It’s imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprits and bring them to justice”, says PETA UK spokesperson Elisa Allen.
“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.”
The campaign group says history shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact police on 01706 237367 or e-mail [email protected] and reference log number 1503.