Doves - pressRSPCA Cymru has launched an urgent appeal for information after five doves were found dumped in a cardboard box, on a South Wales cycle track.

The charity rescued the birds – which were found in a poor state – on a stretch of track between Usk and Newport’s Celtic Manor hotel.

An urgent appeal for information has been launched, seeking to decipher where the doves came from, and why they were dumped in a box.

One of the doves had two rings on – one green in colour, and one yellow – though these were not numbered. The doves are now undergoing veterinary inspection after being rescued by the RSPCA.

A passer-by first spotted the doves on Sunday evening (6 August), and later confined them to a cage before reporting to the RSPCA the following day, when they were collected.

Sian Burton, RSPCA animal welfare officer, said: “These poor doves appeared to be in a really poor state, and somebody must know how they came to be dumped in this way.

“Only one of the doves had rings on – and these were not numbered, so we’re urging anyone with any pertinent information to contact us.

“RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and calls are treated in confidence.”

To help the RSPCA investigate incidences like this, you can give £3 now by texting LOVE to 87023 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.