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Public rally round after zoo attack

PUBLISHED: 10:32 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 July 2010

A COMMUNITY sickened by the carnage at a family zoo in Oulton Broad have rallied round to show their support for the popular attraction.

Animals and monies have been donated, volunteers have helped to repair equipment and police have been inundated with enquiries as investigations continue into the break-in at Pets Corner.

A COMMUNITY sickened by the carnage at a family zoo in Oulton Broad have rallied round to show their support for the popular attraction.

Animals and monies have been donated, volunteers have helped to repair equipment and police have been inundated with enquiries as investigations continue into the break-in at Pets Corner.

And this week the kindness of locals has been praised by manager Ruth Carney as their heartfelt acts counter the sheer brutality shown by heartless vandals who trashed the site and killed at least 50 animals on the night of April 19.

Now a reward is now being offered for information leading to the thugs being arrested.

Police chiefs leading the investigation this week renewed appeals for information, as they admitted that they were keeping an open mind as to whether one person or a group had caused the devastation.

“It could be an individual or more than one person - enquiries are continuing to trace those responsible,” police spokesman Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal.

“We have received a number of calls and are following up the information that has been provided and other potential leads.”

With management at Pets Corner holding a series of meetings with insurers and volunteers, an action group has now been set-up and a campaign has now been launched for funds to install CCTV at the venue. And the strength of national feeling towards the horrific events has also seen more than 5,000 members signing up to the Facebook group “Oulton Broad animal killers must be punished.”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody for their wonderful support - we are open and we will continue to be so for all to visit,” Mrs Carney said. “We are overwhelmed by all the support we have received after this horrific carnage - and we're proud of everyone who has done something to help us.”

Students at Lowestoft College helped numerous volunteers to clear up after the carnage and other youngsters have also helped to raise money as the Gunton Group took part in a fun run on Saturday from the playing field behind Montgomery Avenue to Pets Corner. The organisers were 13-year-olds Liam Harper, Kieran Jones and Daniel Heath with fun runners Sophie and Sian Cooper, Leanne Smith, Hannah Heath, Sam Clay, Phoebe Longdale, the Lugo family and Kay, Kelsy, Kayley, Heinz and Buddy the dog.

Mrs Carney said: “The Gunton Group raised more than £350 and we were speechless. People in this town have been so good - and we're proud of everyone who has done something to help us.”

If people want to make a cash donation they just have to pop in to Pets Corner or make a cheque out to owner Marion Holness.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police on 01986 835300.

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