11:10am Friday 19th April 2013
By Ben Leo
Ducks and hens have died after they were battered with pieces of wood and stamped on by yobs.
The bodies of five mallard ducks and three laying hens were discovered near the Plough Inn pub in Upper Dicker, Hailsham.
RSPCA chiefs believe the birds, which were being kept in a shed in a car park behind the pub, were beaten with various pieces of wood before being stamped on until they died.
Investigators found empty vodka bottles near the car park and said they hoped guests at a nearby wedding reception could have seen what happened.
A spokeswoman from the RSPCA described the case as “horrific” and urged witnesses to come forward.
She said: “We haven’t seen any other cases similar to this. We would really like to hear from anyone who knows who is responsible for this.
“There was a wedding reception taking place at the pub that evening so I’m hoping someone might have seen something that might help track down who was responsible for this shocking attack.”
Trevor Weeks, from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, said: “Cases like this are senseless.
“The kind of people who can do this to animals are the kind of people who are capable of committing atrocities to their fellow humans.
“This case reminds me of when I pulled a black bag full of rabbits out of Hailsham Common pond in the mid 1990s. It is very sad.”
Those convicted of animal cruelty can be fined up to £20,000, jailed for up to six months and banned from ever owning animals.
Anyone who has any information about the incident, which happened on April 5, is urged to contact RSPCA inspector Mel Brett on 0300 1238018.
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