Alpacas at nursing home attacked with garden furniture
Two men who hurled plastic chairs and a wooden bench at two alpacas during a shocking and cruel attack at a nursing home have been caught on CCTV.
The footage shows the night-time raid on the alpacas at an enclosure in Haslingden, Lancashire.
Two men can be seen removing some garden chairs at around 10:15pm on August 4 and throwing them at the two alpacas, named Bill and Ben.
They also throw a wooden bench at the animals, with one of the men chasing the alpacas around their enclosure with a broken chair leg.
'Unprovoked and mindless'
Lancashire Police called the attack "unprovoked and mindless" and a "disgrace". They added: "Bill and Ben are there for the elderly residents to enjoy and this sort of behaviour is simply intolerable. It beggars belief that anyone would find this amusing."
The alpacas, which live at Danesmoor Nursing Home, were not hurt in the attack after being checked over by vets.
But a spokesman for the nursing home said the attack had left the alpacas "absolutely petrified". He added: "It went on for a few minutes and they caused a lot of damage. The alpacas have been a bit jumpy since and it has really shook them up."
The two brothers have lived at the home since they were babies and have now been there for five years, reports The Independent.
Community Beat Manager Pc Claire Scott said: "If you know anything at all about this or recognise the men in the CCTV then please contact us."