Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘Barbaric’ couple seen baiting rabbits in city park

Monymusk Park
Monymusk Park

Disgusted local residents have spoken out after discovering dead rabbits that had been gruesomely baited by hunters in a Dundee park.

The disturbing discoveries were made at Monymusk Park in Douglas, where there have been sightings of dog owners using their pets to kill the animals.

One woman witnessed a couple at the park with lurchers who appeared to be baiting the animals, but was unable to properly see them before they sped off in an unidentified red vehicle.

She later removed the rabbits’ bodies from the park.

The incident occurred on Sunday, between around 9.30 and 9.45pm.

Police have issued an appeal for information.

Hannah Coventry, whose mother saw the couple, said: “My mum had to wrap them (the rabbits) up and dispose of them.

“We have a greyhound so the couple were interested in our dog but once we got closer they took off. (The) rabbits were still warm.”

Under Scottish law, it is illegal to take game without the permission of the owner of the land on which the game is found.

The legislation covers a variety of animals, including rabbits and hares.

Coursing with permission remains legal in Scotland for rabbits and rats, but all other mammals are protected.

The news has sparked outrage on social media, with many condemning the actions of the couple.

Sammy Dow commented: “It absolutely sickens me.

“(What) goes through their minds to do something so barbaric?”

Louise Stewart added: “People like them give lurchers bad names.”

Fiona Messeter said: “Rabbit screams are horrific to hear. Terrible thing to train your dogs to do in a public park especially.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland is appealing for information after an incident was reported at Monymusk Park, Dundee.

“Police are keen to trace a man and a woman who were in the area with two lurcher puppies between 9.30pm and 9.45pm on Sunday, July 17.

“They were seen getting into an old style fiesta or similar vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference number 0718-1571.

“Police Scotland would encourage anyone to report any concerns of wildlife crime or suspicious activity to Police Scotland on 101. In an emergency call 999.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in