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Shock as dead birds dumped in car park

Tuesday 13th February 2018

VILLAGERS were left upset after a number of dead geese and ducks were dumped in a car park.

The grim discovery was made in Headcorn on the evening of January 7, with nine Canada geese and six mallard ducks left, in black bin bags, in the Trades car park, behind the village’s Sainsbury’s store.

By the time parish council clerk Caroline Carmichael got to the scene, the situation had got even worse.

“It was pretty disgusting,” she said. “They were not in a good way at all.

“They had been shot and then dumped in the bags, and by the time I got there, I think a fox had got at them as well.

“I was really upset after seeing them – I don’t mind admitting that I cried all day. It was the complete disregard for the animals that upset me the most.”

Canada geese are protected by law and to shoot them requires a government licence from Natural England. To kill one without permission is a contravention of the Wildlife & Countryside Act.

The parish council sprung into action to get the dead birds removed – but were initially quoted £100 per animal, and then £900 for them all, before a local expert came to the rescue and did the work for just £20 – with the parish council adding a £30 donation to the RSPB.

But Mrs Carmichael admitted the whole experience had been “pretty unpleasant”.

“Shoots do happen, of course they do,” she added. “But you do expect the birds to be disposed of in a correct manner.

“The car park is hidden away and we do have issues there with fly-tipping, which is awful because people are just making it someone else’s issue to take their rubbish away.

“But this one was just so disrespectful. When I was told about it, I was expecting to maybe find one duck, but the scale of it was so upsetting.”

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "As a charity of animal lovers, we fully share people's concerns at finding the dead bodies of these birds in bags.

"We will always look into and if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare, if anyone has any further information they should call us on 0300 1234 999."