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Chicken's body found dumped in Cornish stream

Chicken's body found dumped in Cornish stream

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:48pm 29th April 2019. (Updated at 2:12pm 29th April 2019)

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The RSPCA is investigating after a chicken's body was found dumped in a stream in Cornwall.

The bird's body was found in a cardboard box submerged in water in a small stream running under Penny's Lane in Par.

A woman who discovered the box earlier in April used a stick to pull it to the bank and spotted the hen's body inside.

She alerted the RSPCA and animal collection officer Peter Ferris went to collect the bird's body and is now looking into what happened.

RSPCA hen in river

"The cardboard box was soaking wet and there was mushed up seed inside.

"When I arrived, the bird's body - which had been in the box - was in the water, submerged in the stream.

"It looks as though the bird has been abandoned in the box but what isn't clear is whether the bird was alive or dead when he was dumped."

Peter Ferris, RSPCA

RSPCA hen in river

The caller who contacted the RSPCA reports that, the previous day, a box of kittens had been found abandoned nearby.

The charity is now trying to work out whether the death of the hen is suspicious or not.

"It's difficult to know where this hen has come from and whether she died in suspicious circumstances before being dumped or whether she died after being left here.

"That's why I'm appealing to anyone who has any information about what happened to get in touch with our appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

Peter Ferris, RSPCA

RSPCA hen in river

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