The RSPCA is appealing for information about a video being circulated on the internet which shows an injured sheep – thought to have a broken leg – being tossed into a field by a man.

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It is believed that the footage – which has been retweeted more than 6,000 times on Twitter – was filmed near to Stoke-on-Trent, however the RSPCA does not have any further information at this stage.

As a result, the animal welfare charity is appealing for people with information to come forward.

Rachel Butler, spokeswoman for the RSPCA in the Midlands, said: “This is upsetting footage to watch. It clearly shows a man throw a sheep over a fence into a field, followed by laughing. The sheep lands on its back and appears to have what looks like a broken leg. The animal is obviously struggling to stand up and walk.StokeSheep1.jpg

“It isn’t clear in the video if the sheep sustained the injury as a result of being thrown in the video or whether the animal was already injured, but we are keen to find out the circumstances behind this recording.

“There must be someone who recognises the people in the video. If so, please contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018. All calls are treated with complete confidence.”

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).