More than 160 chicks found dumped at roadside

'They had no access to nearby food or water or shelter from predators and, had they not been found, then sadly the rest would have perished as well'

Colin Drury
Saturday 20 April 2019 18:17
Comments
More than 160 chicks are dumped at roadside

More than 100 living chicks and 60 dead ones have been dumped in two separate batches at the side of two Cambridgeshire roads, the RSPCA has said.

Some 26 live birds were abandoned along Franks Lane in the village of Newton on 29 March, the charity revealed.

That had been followed on 13 April by 81 living chicks and 60 dead ones being left by the North Road near Wisbech. Nine joints of meat and a quantity of sawdust had also been offloaded there.

The RSPCA said the two incidents were probably connected with the animals possibly dumped by someone who had been hoping to sell them as Easter pets.

Inspector Justin Stubbs, who collected the second find, said: “Whoever dumped these birds had effectively left them to die.

“They had no access to nearby food or water or shelter from predators and, had they not been found, then sadly the rest would have perished as well.”

He added: “As you can imagine, having to care for a large number of chicks and finding space for them can prove to be difficult, but we are grateful to a number of people who have come forward to offer homes to these birds.”

They living animals are now being cared for at the RSPCA's Block Fen Animal Centre, near Ely.

Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events

Anyone with information is asked to contact the charity.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in