Dead animals hanging in trees in the Blenheim central business district proved a shocking sight for a young mother.
A dead rabbit holding a wine bottle and three dead possums adorned the trees at Liz Davidson Park on Queen St horrified a mother-of-one after visiting a pet shop.
Jesse Smith and her two-year-old son stumbled across the macabre scene on Wednesday.
“It was horrible,” Jesse says.
“It must have been done as a funny joke, but it’s not funny at all.
“Blenheim is a nice place and it’s not a nice thing to see.”
SPCA spokeswoman Sarah Hitchings says there were no complaints or evidence of an offence, but the scene was “unusual”.
“It is unusual and not something we see very often,” Sarah says.
“While the scene is distasteful, there is no evidence of an animal welfare offence.
“These animals were likely roadkill and have been staged to evoke a response from the public.
“However, if someone came forward with evidence these animals being killed inhumanely or in breach of the leghold trap provisions, then we could investigate the manner in which the animals died.”
The dead animals were cleaned up by Marlborough Roads, who manage the park.