Montreal police are investigating after the carcass of a dead animal was found at Préfontaine Park in Montreal’s east end.
Serge Labbée posted a picture of the animal on Facebook, saying that he noticed it as he walked by around 6 a.m. Thursday.
The body was skinned and beheaded and placed in a child’s swing.
The Montreal SPCA said it has offered its full assistance to the police.
“We hope police will be able to find the people responsible for this hideous act of cruelty,” Anita Kapuscinska told Global News.
“This unnecessary suffering.”
According to Montreal police, the person or persons responsible could face five years in jail or a fine of up to $10,000.
“This particular incident seemed more out of the blue for sure,” said Kapuscinska, adding that she hopes the animal didn’t suffer.
“This is something that can be charged criminally and we really do hope to find the person or people responsible for causing this.”
Officials have yet to identify the animal, though some speculate it could be a raccoon.
“Police are trying to get more information so we can link someone behind this,” said André Leclerc, a spokesperson with Montreal police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.
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