A deceased snake was spotted by a member of the public in the Ely area of Cardiff, with the carcass being thrown and kicked around by a group of boys.
The snake – a boa constrictor – was seen near the Archer Road area, in the western part of the city on Friday (15 December).
It is unclear whether the snake was dead or alive prior to the incident – but the RSPCA are appealing for information should anyone in the local area be aware of what happened to the animal.
The caller confined the snake’s carcass – which by this point had also been run over by a passing car – before it was collected by the RSPCA and taken to a veterinary practice for assessment. The vet was of the opinion the snake had been dead for approximately 24 hours, and was underweight.
An RSPCA officer has said it is a “mystery” how the snake came to be found in the street in Ely. If anyone has information related to the incident, they are urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “This incident is a bit of a mystery – and it is unclear whether the snake was dead or alive when it was spotted being kicked and thrown in the Ely area of Cardiff.
“Veterinary opinion was that the snake had been dead for approximately 24 hours – and was underweight.
“We’re unsure how this snake came to be out on the street in Ely – and whether this is simply an escaped snake which sadly died, or whether something more sinister has taken place.
“If anyone has information about this incident, they are urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, with all calls treated in confidence.”
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