ST. CATHARINES, ON (WKBW) -- Several animals were injured and four small animals were killed after Police say vandals broke into the Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary and Petting Zoo in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Niagara Regional Police say that park workers arrived at the facility on June 1 to find that the compound had been entered and numerous animals had been injured. Initially, workers thought a coyote had somehow gained access to the area due to the severity of the injuries. Police believe that two suspects entered the area where the petting and feeding animals were kept and fired pellet and BB guns at various animals.
"It was quite a cruel manner, and that's the disturbing part, not only that they were killed but the manner in which they were killed," said Niagara Regional Police Constable Nilan Dave. "We have evidence that suggests pellets, so pellet guns and BB guns were used."
In addition to wounding several animals and killing four others, officials say a baby goat was taken from the park. Parks and Recreation staff were able to provide care for the wounded animals, and further investigation is being conducted into the cause of death for the four deceased animals. Unsettling news for many families who frequent Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary and Petting Zoo.
"I think it's sad that there's a place like this open for the kids to come out and play and someone would do something so senseless," said Parent Cara Hoogenboom. "My kids love the animals, why would anyone want to hurt an animals?"
Police followed-up on reports of a baby goat being sold on the Internet, however it was discovered that the advertisement was in fact a hoax. Anyone with information is urged to call the Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 ext. 4380.