DUMPED: Dozens of chickens left in village near Maidstone, says RSPCA
Tuesday 27th October 2020
ANIMAL charity, the RSPCA, is investigating how dozens of chickens were dumped in a village near Maidstone.
It was contacted by members of the public who found the birds on The Green in Offham last Wednesday evening (October 21).
The cockerels had cable ties around their legs.
RSPCA inspector Kirsten Ormerod was called in last Thursday to try to round-up and catch the birds.
She said: “The caller initially reported between 20 and 30 chickens which had suddenly appeared on the village green, leading us to believe they’d been abandoned.
"There were a mixture of hens and cockerels, and the cockerels had coloured cable ties around their legs.
“We managed to catch 11 of the chickens on Thursday and I returned with my colleague, animal rescue officer Brian Milligan, on Friday and managed to catch another three.
“Unfortunately, they all tried to fly away and run off when we tried to round them up so there may be some still on the loose who have managed to evade capture.
“If anyone sees them in the area then we’d urge them to call us on 0300 1234 999 so we can try to catch them.”
The birds are now in the care of a local rescue centre and will be cared for until they’re well enough to be rehomed.
The RSPCA is concerned that it will be inundated with abandoned animals in the coming months as people struggle to care for their pets in light of the recession and the impact of the pandemic.
The charity has seen a string of cockerels and hens being abandoned in recent weeks.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing animals and investigating animal cruelty, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.
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