A dead royal python has been found in the Cwmbran area, with bruising on the head and body of the animal.
RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after the discovery of a still, injured snake was made by a member of the public on 30 December, at Wool Pitch in the Greenmeadow area of the town.
An RSPCA officer collected the two-foot long snake; and veterinary examination sadly confirmed the animal was dead.
The royal python was found to have blood and bruising in and around the mouth, and the body was misshapen and would not straighten in some parts – tragically suggesting the snake may have been badly beaten.
RSPCA Cymru is now seeking to decipher the owner of the animal, and how the poor snake came to be found dead and in such a sorry state.
Izzi Hignell, RSPCA inspector, said: “This poor snake was horribly injured, in what was a gruesome discovery in the Wool Pitch area of Cwmbran.
“This poor two-foot python was found in very poor condition, which could be consistent with a beating. The snake had blood in the mouth, bruising and other injuries.
“Anyone with information about this snake, found on 30 December, is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
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