A pet rabbit was found mutilated after a sick intruder beheaded him inside his run in broad daylight.
Heartbroken Kerry Parker returned from an afternoon dog walk on Monday to her "distressed" cat trying to tell her something at the back door.
Concerned, the grandmother headed out to the garden only to find her beloved Tommy wickedly killed in the most brutal of fashion.
Disturbingly a vet confirmed there was no way an animal could have caused the fatal wounds and decapitation all the while leaving the rabbit inside his run.
Kerry from Bursledon, Hants., discovered Tommy's head and tail totally detached from his body and is now worried for the safety of her other pets.
She told the Daily Echo: "We're gutted. We think that maybe someone was watching the house."
The family suspected something like a fox was to blame until a vet said Tommy's head and tail were "removed with a sharp instrument".
A police investigation has been launched appealing to the public for any potential witnesses or information on the "unknown person" responsible. for striking between 12:45pm and 2:30pm on Monday, March 7.
Kerry said: "He was such a lovely little boy. We had him for four years, he was bought for my granddaughter but lived here with us.
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"He was such a good little lad. He had a big personality for such a small bunny."
Accessing the garden and Tommy's run requires climbing over either a 7ft wall, or a 6ft wooden fence between Kerry and Tom and their neighbour.
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But now living in fear of their dog and cat being next, Kerry's husband Tom has fitted several security cameras around the house and garden to catch the pet killer before they strike again.
A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: "Our enquiries into the incident remain ongoing at this time to establish the exact circumstances.
"We are asking if anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident to report this to us via 101, quoting 44220092244."
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