Hull: Appeal for anyone with information to come forward
6 Mar 2018
We are investigating the death of a wallaby which was kept in the Animal Education Centre at East Park in Hull
The wallaby was found unwell by the Centre's staff on Friday 23 February and was taken to a vet who humanely put it to sleep, sadly it was carrying a joey which also died. A post mortem examination (the results of which were made available on 5 March) found an air pellet in the animal’s skull which caused its death, the pellet is thought to have been there for over a week.
On being informed of the results of the post mortem we began an investigation into offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (animal cruelty) and of trespass and criminal damage. It is thought that an intruder broke into East Park overnight sometime between Saturday 10 and Tuesday 20 February and shot the wallaby while it was in its pen.
We want to hear from anyone who has information that would help us find out who is responsible. If you know anything that would help us please call 101 quoting log 227 05/03/18.
Note to press: unfortunately our wildlife and rural crime officer is not available to be interviewed about this incident. Hull City Council reported the incident to us and are helping us with our enquiries.