The RSPCA is appealing for information about a goose seen being attacked outside a pub in York.


We were called on Saturday, 15 August with reports of a man violently kicking the wild bird outside the Lowther Pub at Kings Staith, just after midnight. It is suspected that he may have caused an injury to the bird’s leg.


Unfortunately by the time the inspector arrived at the scene, the goose had returned to the water and could not be located. The individuals involved in the attack had also moved on.


Witnesses described the man as being in his early twenties, just under six-foot tall with dark hair, and wearing a blue shirt. He was with a group of about five or six other men, also described as being in their early twenties.


RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell said: “We are very concerned to hear these reports about a wild bird being senselessly attacked in this way.


“Unfortunately we have not been able to find the bird, so cannot be sure about what may have happened here, but would urge anyone with any information to call us, in strictest confidence.


“Cruel behaviour like what is described here is totally unacceptable, and we are concerned there might be further reports of similar incidents. We are also asking members of the public to be on the lookout for any such incidents.


“It is important for people to understand that it is illegal to attack wildlife in this way and could result in a fine and a prison sentence of up to six months.”


If you have any information relating to this incident or know the individual involved, please call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 123 8018.


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