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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after 14 chickens were found dumped in two wheelie bins in Wishaw.
We were alerted to the incident on Wednesday 26 June after a member of the public noticed a chicken roaming free down a lane off Kirk Road, opposite the North Lanarkshire Advocacy.
Inspector Emma Sergeant said, “The white and brown chickens were found in two wheelie bins in very poor condition. The lane where they were found is beside Toni’s Fish and Chip shop and the bus stop.
“When I first opened the bins, there was an awful stench. They were piled on top of each other and were in great distress.
“There were two dead birds and the other chickens were clearly struggling. It was 24 degrees that day so it would have been unimaginably hot for them.
“We have yet to confirm whether the chickens died as a result of being inside the wheelie bins or if they were dead before being placed inside.
“However, someone deliberately put these girls in the bin with complete disregard for their welfare. They were caused great unnecessary suffering due to this act.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone who has any information regarding this incident should contact the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.