THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a chicken was found covered in white emulsion paint.
The chicken – which also had tinsel wrapped around its beak – was found by a member of the public on Oakland Terrace, Rhymney, Tredegar on 19 January.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Gary Lucas said: “The chicken was found covered with what transpired to be emulsion paint.
“The spread of paint suggested that it had been done deliberately.
“The chicken was taken to a veterinary surgery and washed and blow dried twice.
“Fortunately it was emulsion paint and it was washable, and the chicken was fine.”
ACO Lucas tracked down the owner, Ellen Campbell, who said the chicken – named Lambie – had gone missing between late Sunday [18 January] and the early hours of Monday morning [19 January].
“The owner was really pleased to get her chicken, who is one of six birds, back,” he said.
“We are now appealing for information to try and find out who did this.
“It is just so unusual – who would have done this and why?”
Mrs Campbell, who lives near to where Lambie was found, said: “I could not believe my ears when I heard she was found covered in paint.
“We’ve had Lambie since May. She seems fine now and is back with the other hens.”
Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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