A row of five decapitated animals, found by a student walking home from school in Bournemouth, is being investigated by the RSCPA, it has emerged.
A bearded dragon, two white mice, a brown bird, and a white rat were found lined up by the side of a path near Hengistbury Road on 7 July.
The RSCPA said the heads were cleanly removed and had not been recovered.
Inspector Patrick Bailey described it as a "gruesome discovery".
He said: "They are all domesticated species and appear to have been decapitated and then intentionally laid out for someone to find.
"Obviously the public footpath is a popular route for many of the students on their way home from school and I would imagine this was why it was chosen"