THE blood-drenched bodies of a family of foxes were found dumped in a supermarket car park.
People driving into the area behind the filling station at Asda in Wrexham yesterday morning were shocked and disgusted by the grisly sight of the three corpses lying next to the recycling bin covered loosely by black bin liners.
The two adult animals and a younger, smaller fox all appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.
The Leader was alerted to the scene by a shopper who preferred not to give her name.
She said: “I was in the car park about 8.30am and saw something under the bin liners by the recycler. I went over to have a closer look and was sickened by what I saw.
“It was three foxes lying stretched out all covered in blood. Somebody has wiped
out a whole family as it seemed to be the parents and one of their young.
“I don’t know how or why they died but it was just awful to see their bodies left like that.
“I am an animal lover and this has left me feeling appalled.
“They shouldn’t have been left there at all but, if they were, they should at least have been put into the bin.
“Whoever did this is sick and needs prosecuting.”
It is believed to be Asda staff who covered the dead animals with bin liners until they could be removed.
Veterinary surgeon Denis Callanan, of Borras Park Vets in Wrexham, said: “If these foxes were shot it would have to have been with a large and powerful gun and not
the usual airgun used when cats are shot.
“To kill all three foxes at one time – before any of them could run away – they must also have been shot very quickly.
“If they weren’t shot they could have been killed by a very powerful poison.”
Mr Callanan has offered to carry out an X-ray, free of charge, on the bodies to determine the exact cause of the deaths.
A spokeswoman for Wrexham Council, which removed them yesterday afternoon, said they would take Mr Callanan up on his offer.
A spokesman for the RSPCA in Wales said: “Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison or a fine of up to £50,000.
“We would urge anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 so that we can make further investigations.”