Skinned fox had its tail and paw cut off in Barnoldswick

Dog walker makes gruesome discovery

Dog walker makes gruesome discovery

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

ANIMAL welfare officers are appealing for information after the discovery of a dead fox stripped of its fur.

The savage attack, which also saw the animal’s left hind paw and tail cut off, meant RSPCA inspectors could not even tell which gender the fox was.

The skinned fox was discovered by a dog walker in a field off Greenberfield Lane, in Barnoldswick.

The RSPCA has issued pictures of the dead fox, but they are too graphic to print in the Lancashire Telegraph.

Natalie Taylor, an RSPCA inspector, said the fur may have been taken in order to train dogs to hunt foxes.

She said: “We were alerted to the dead fox by a man walking his dog on December 30.

“I went up to Greenberfield Lane the following day and found the skinned animal next to the houses in the corner.

“It had all of its fur removed.

“There wasn’t a hair left, including the tail.

“This was carried out by someone who knows what they are doing.

“It had one paw missing, and it is very hard to determine the actual cause of death.

“I just hope it was dead before it was skinned because the pain would be unbearable.”

The RSPCA has retained the fox’s body as evidence, and hopes people will come forward with information about who carried out the attack.

Ms Taylor, who said the incident in Barnoldswick was an isolated one, added: “We have had reports of groups of young lads hanging around there with dogs. but whoever did this is highly skilled.

“We can’t tell if the fox is male or female, but we think it was a young adult.

“It’s very gruesome, and is certainly the most gory and horrific incident I have seen in my time as an RSPCA inspector.”

Anyone with any information is urged to get in touch with the RSPCA on 03001234999.

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4:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Mothernature says...

Disgusting, sick scumbag. What's your next step? Torture a young child, murder a neighbour.
Disgusting, sick scumbag. What's your next step? Torture a young child, murder a neighbour. Mothernature
  • Score: 15

4:44pm Tue 7 Jan 14

bigdee123 says...

cowardly, spineless, wimps. the people involved will die a horrible death. it will catch them back.
cowardly, spineless, wimps. the people involved will die a horrible death. it will catch them back. bigdee123
  • Score: 18

6:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Skookie says...

If I was living in this area I would be keeping my animals indoors, while this sick evil freak is on the loose.
If I was living in this area I would be keeping my animals indoors, while this sick evil freak is on the loose. Skookie
  • Score: 15

5:53pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Nebcop says...

What total rubbish about training dogs to hunt foxes, more lies and propaganda to make out hunting with hounds to be cruel, total nonsense
What total rubbish about training dogs to hunt foxes, more lies and propaganda to make out hunting with hounds to be cruel, total nonsense Nebcop
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Thu 9 Jan 14

David Richardson says...

Mothernature wrote:
Disgusting, sick scumbag. What's your next step? Torture a young child, murder a neighbour.
How do you go from this to child torture and murder?*

Also, why do they always use such nice pictures of foxes in articles like this... I have only seen 2 foxes in my life... The were horrible looking things and nothing like this one.*


*This doesn't make me pro (or against) hunting.......
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: Disgusting, sick scumbag. What's your next step? Torture a young child, murder a neighbour.[/p][/quote]How do you go from this to child torture and murder?* Also, why do they always use such nice pictures of foxes in articles like this... I have only seen 2 foxes in my life... The were horrible looking things and nothing like this one.* *This doesn't make me pro (or against) hunting....... David Richardson
  • Score: 0

9:46am Tue 14 Jan 14

HeatherPearce says...

Er? What is the story here? , and why on Earth are the RSPCA getting involved? Skinning a dead fox is not illegal or unusual. What else do you do with it, let it rot? There is absolutely no evidence here that this fox was treated badly, skinned alive, or suffered adversly in any way, so why are people here being so vitriolic about whoever skinned the animal? It says more about the commenters than it does about the person who skinned this animal. Hundreds of foxes are killed every year throughout the UK, and hundreds are skinned, it is a useful and beautiful fur, it's not illegal, and it would be totally wrong to waste it. And as for skinning it alive!! Why would anyone do that. it would be a daft thing to do, and you would end up getting badly bitten. Many people seem to think that animals are skinned alive for the fur trade, it is simply untrue. Even PETA have issued a statement saying they did not mean to give that impression. The RSPCA should get back to what they used to do, stopping animal cruelty, instead of the activist animal rights bandwagon they are currently on, spreading rumour and outrage everywhere, and wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of donated money on bandwagon campaigns. They should be spending the money on saving animals, not animal rights campaigns. The two are very different.
Er? What is the story here? , and why on Earth are the RSPCA getting involved? Skinning a dead fox is not illegal or unusual. What else do you do with it, let it rot? There is absolutely no evidence here that this fox was treated badly, skinned alive, or suffered adversly in any way, so why are people here being so vitriolic about whoever skinned the animal? It says more about the commenters than it does about the person who skinned this animal. Hundreds of foxes are killed every year throughout the UK, and hundreds are skinned, it is a useful and beautiful fur, it's not illegal, and it would be totally wrong to waste it. And as for skinning it alive!! Why would anyone do that. it would be a daft thing to do, and you would end up getting badly bitten. Many people seem to think that animals are skinned alive for the fur trade, it is simply untrue. Even PETA have issued a statement saying they did not mean to give that impression. The RSPCA should get back to what they used to do, stopping animal cruelty, instead of the activist animal rights bandwagon they are currently on, spreading rumour and outrage everywhere, and wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of donated money on bandwagon campaigns. They should be spending the money on saving animals, not animal rights campaigns. The two are very different. HeatherPearce
  • Score: 0

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