RSPCA finds bodies of blackbirds strung up

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after the bodies of three blackbirds were found in suspicious circumstances in Donington.

RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Becky Harper was called to attend an incident in which three blackbirds were found tied with a blue bailing-type twine.

They were found on February 15 in Ash Court, Donington.

AWO Harper said: “On first examination there was no obvious cause of death, but I believe the birds were tied up once they were dead.

“The twine is clearly tied by hand, this not an accidental entanglement and there are no injuries to the birds’ legs.

“The bodies were found on a bend in the road, under a hedge, but they had not been dumped in a heap and they appear to have been spread out.

“This is a really strange incident and I would like to appeal to anyone who may have any information as to what has happened to these birds, or if anyone knows of any similar incidents in the area.”

It is an offence to injure or kill a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and offenders can face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.

Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.