The RSPCA has appealed for information after receiving reports a man kicked a pigeon to death in Stoke-on-Trent.
The animal welfare charity was called to Tower Square in Tunstall yesterday afternoon after a woman reported seeing a man walk out of a shop and kick the bird.
The charity is now appealing to anyone in the area at the time who may have seen what happened to get in touch.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin has been to the area to speak to witnesses and look at CCTV footage: “It’s absolutely hateful and completely unacceptable to attack an innocent bird just going about its usual behaviour in the street.
“Witnesses at the scene said the man laughed as he kicked the pigeon. He booted the bird so hard that his body was launched over two cars and, after a few excruciating minutes of suffering, he died.
“The man was then seen getting into a car with two other men before driving away.
“It’s absolutely shocking to hear about such deliberate and callous cruelty to this bird and I’d really like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who knows the man responsible. Anyone with any information can get in touch by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
The man has been described as white, approximately 30-years-old, of slim build and wearing a beige coat. He was seen getting into a silver Peugeot.
Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal under the Animal Welfare Act can face up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.