The RSPCA is appealing for information after three shivering domestic quails were dumped in a Stoke-on-Trent park.

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The RSPCA was contacted on Monday last week (24 July) after a member of the public saw a man walk towards a lake in Tunstall Park with a large metal cage. He was then seen throwing the terrified birds into the water before walking away. The incident occurred at around 6pm.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “The birds were shivering, they were scared and stressed. Someone who witnessed this said that the man threw the birds ‘as far as he could’ into the lake. Thankfully a woman who saw this caught the birds and contacted ourselves.

“The birds were not in a great condition and have bald patches on their backs. They clearly were not looked after well before being dumped. It’s so sad as they are such beautiful little birds. They are the size of a hand and very delicate.

“They are now being cared for at our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich.

“We are urging anyone who has any information about who the quails belonged to, or who the man was, to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

Anyone who sees animals they think may be in need of help should contact the RSPCA, 24 hours a day, on 0300 1234 999.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).