RABBITS have been slaughtered and cockerels have been stolen from a community farm soon to open in Halifax.
Volunteers at The Hub Communtiy Farm in Siddal have spoken of their horror at discovering three rabbits killed and another rabbit and two cockerels taken by raiders.
One of the slaughtered rabbits is thought to have been pregnant.
The volunteers say the stolen animals – rabbit Harry and cockerels Rocky and Buster – are worth over £200 and some had been donated as gifts to the project.
“It’s evident to everybody that it’s not a fox,” said Richard Veevers, one of the people leading the scheme.
“They don’t got for rabbits, they’d rather go for chickens.
“All the committee members are really upset.”
There are between 10 and 15 chickens still left at the site and the team are hoping they will still be able to open in the next few months.
They want to make the new area as green as possible and to get youngsters and their parents living in the area involved, bringing the community together to provide a fun and interesting place to be.
As well as a community farm, they are hoping to open a picnic area and allotment so that people and school groups can visit, grow vegetables and care for the animals.
Most of the creatures will be rescue animals or re-homed animals, such as ex-battery chickens.
The attacked animals had been at the farm for around a week when the break-in happened overnight between January 27 and January 28.
Nicky Peacock, who is also a volunteer, said: “I burst into tears when I heard. I haven’t told my children yet. It would be a bad enough it had been a fox, that’s nature, but to come and do this for no reason what so ever, it’s just cruel and unfathomable.”
Police are urging anyone who knows anything about the attack to get in touch.
PC Kim McCloskey, from Halifax Central neighbourhood policing team, said: “The owners are obviously extremely upset by what has happened.
“We appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen someone acting suspiciously or anyone who may have any information as to those responsible to get in touch.”
Anyone who has any information is asked to call PC McCloskey via 101. Information can also be passed on to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The Hub Community Farm say they would welcome any donations of materials to make and repair chicken coops.
Anyone interested can ring Richard on 07706 207739.