Dumped pi­geons had to be put down

Stockport Express - - News -

SIX ema­ci­ated pi­geons were dumped in a box and aban­doned by the side of the road.

One of the birds had al­ready starved to death by the time the grim dis­cov­ery – on Cherry Tree Drive in Hazel Grove – was made.

The other birds were so skinny that their bones were vis­i­ble.

A res­i­dent found the pi­geons at the side of her drive­way and alerted the RSPCA af­ter re­al­is­ing they were not in good health.

In­spec­tor Heather Mor­ris was sent to the scene and found the five sur­viv­ing birds were very un­well. They were ema­ci­ated, lame, had pi­geon pox and were very dirty.

They were taken to the RSPCA’s Stape­ley Grange Wildlife Cen­tre where a vet as­sessed them and de­cided the kind­est thing to do would be to put them to sleep to end their suf­fer­ing.

In­spec­tor Mor­ris said: “It is re­ally un­usual to have pi­geons aban­doned and it was so sad to see them in such a sorry state.

“Who­ever al­lowed them to get like that would have known they were un­well and ema­ci­ated.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about who dumped the pi­geons should call 0300 123 8018.

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