RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a number of chickens – some alive and some dead – were dumped near Banwen.
Members of the public contacted the animal welfare charity after 16 dead chickens were found in four orange and white pellets bags along with a number of alive chickens yesterday (20 June) at forestry at Heol-Tir-Lan Road.
RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Paula Milton said: “We had a few reports come into us with different numbers from eight to 12 alive chickens that had been dumped.
“Unfortunately I was only able to find two live chickens which I do feel sad about. The 16 dead chickens were found in the bags that were closed with cable ties but most of them had been ripped open.”
RSPCA Cymru is appealing to anyone with information about this incident – or if they see any of the missing chickens – to contact the inspector’s appeal line in 0300 123 8018.
Paula added: “I’ve nicknamed the two chickens I collected, Thelma and Louise, and they have found a forever home with me. It is just so sad that they were unwanted and someone thought it was appropriate to just leave them.
“It’s so important that you fully consider the implications of taking on any pets. Farm animals, like any animals kept as pets, really do require lots of care and consideration, not to mention time, knowledge and the right facilities.
“You can visit the RSPCA website for more information on the specifics of keeping chickens as pets and I really urge anyone considering keeping chickens to do so. Like any other animal, they really shouldn’t be a pet that is taken on without careful consideration.”
Anybody with information about who may have been responsible for abandoning the chickens can contact 0300 123 8018.
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