The RSPCA is appealing for information after 14 dead geese were found dead at the side of a road in Essex.
The animal welfare charity was contacted on Thursday by a concerned member of the public after they found the birds in a ditch in a field off the A126, near the Old Dock Approach Road, in Grays.
RSPCA inspector Kate Fletcher said: “It looks as though they have all been dumped together, which makes us suspicious. All of the birds appeared to have injuries to their chests, although we can’t say for sure how these injuries were caused or why.
“We are releasing a photo of the birds in the hope of finding the person who is responsible. We would particularly like to hear from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious. Anyone who has any information should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
It is against the law to kill or injure wild birds, except under licence, and individuals can be fined up to £5,000 and potentially up to six months in prison for each bird killed.
If you see an animal in distress you can ring the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.