Jayne Dunlop said: “I strongly condemn those that carried out this sick act of cruelty.
“I am totally disgusted by this incident. I believe that a person’s propensity for cruelty to animals can be directly linked to their tendency to violence against humans also.
“Anyone who can carry out such an horrific act is a danger to people as well.
“I would appeal to anyone who has information on this incident to contact police immediately to ensure that further acts of this nature can be prevented.”