Police in England have released a picture of a terrified fox they rescued after youths set a dog on it.
The creature is shown cowering in a corner against a wall in Beechwood Avenue, Middlesbrough, at 8pm on Monday, after it had been bitten.
Even after police arrived, some teenagers hung around and were excited by the sight and hoped it would be shot.
Pc Chris Swales, of Cleveland Police, shared the photo on the Coulby Newham and South Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Police Team’s Facebook page.
He wrote: “Witnesses describe how the teenagers chased and cornered it before encouraging the dog to attack.
“What makes it worse ... if (it’s) possible (is) that the youths who didn’t make off on police arrival seemed excited by the injuries and wanted to ’shoot it’.
“Others were kicking the fence from the other side despite police being there.”
Pc Swales said the fox was taken away for treatment by the RSPCA.
Susie Wilson wrote on the page: “What is wrong with people these days.
“It’s so infuriating, plus if they can set a dog onto a fox what else can they set it on? Idiots!”
And Sue Collin added: “This is so sad, a beautiful creature being so cruelly hurt, it breaks my heart that we have to live in a world with such disgusting people.”