Animal cruelty shocks residents and visitors in North Yorkshire

Annette Pyrah of Selby Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

Annette Pyrah of Selby Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

First published in News

TWO incidents of animal cruelty have shocked residents and visitors to North Yorkshire.

An adult female hedgehog died after being stoned by yobs in Selby and a driver is alleged to have mown down geese in the centre of York.

The pregnant hedgehog was found in Crosshills Lane, near Flaxley Road, Selby, walking in circles in the middle of the road, with serious injuries to its head and jaw. It was taken to Selby Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation by concerned residents.

Annette Pyrah from the centre said: “She was in a terrible state.

“Her head and jaw were extremely swollen and misshapen, so much so that it was nigh on impossible to see her eyes. She was covered in tics and severely dehydrated. The hedgehog was pregnant and shortly after admission went into labour and gave birth to two tiny daughters weighing just seven grams. They died within a few hours.”

The local resident who found the hedgehog said a group of boys had been seen throwing large pebbles at its head, in what Annette called “a horrific tale of deliberate human cruelty”.

Annette said she was disgusted by the act, and hoped the boys are punished.

She said: “We are keeping a record of this incident in the hope it does go to court. If what the finder has said is true, then well done boys, not only have you killed mum you have also killed her two baby daughters. The neighbour who confronted the yobs is being urged to go to the police.”

In another incident, a visitor to York contacted The Press on Thursday after seeing a motorist hit some geese and drive away, despite injuring at least one of the birds.

Diana Madine told The Press: “I was waiting at Tower Street roundabout when a gold coloured Citroen Picasso ploughed into ten geese that were crossing the road.

“He left one with a squashed foot and it couldn’t walk, and another dazed. Thanks to the workman that put it on the verge and hopefully was going to phone the RSPCA. I hope the driver is happy that he got home quicker by mowing down innocent creatures but beware people – next time it could be you.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We would like to remind people that hedgehogs are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and it is offence to kill, injure or disturb them. If found guilty of these offences people can face maximum penalties of a £5,000 fine and six-months imprisonment.”

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11:33am Sat 28 Jun 14

Devilsadvocate2 says...

Scum of the earth. Hope they get the punishment they deserve.
Scum of the earth. Hope they get the punishment they deserve. Devilsadvocate2
  • Score: 33

5:42pm Sat 28 Jun 14

MouseHouse says...

No animal lover I, but some people are quite simply pathetic.
No animal lover I, but some people are quite simply pathetic. MouseHouse
  • Score: 10

5:56pm Sat 28 Jun 14

rafa1961 says...

they probably think they are clever, but in reality they are pathetic,
they probably think they are clever, but in reality they are pathetic, rafa1961
  • Score: 12

11:07pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Art Baker says...

There are some nasty people around, particularly when it comes to hedgehogs. I saw one earlier that a group of thugs had obviously beaten to death with sledgehammers before dumping its poor flattened remains in the middle of the road. Hanging is too good for the brutes.
There are some nasty people around, particularly when it comes to hedgehogs. I saw one earlier that a group of thugs had obviously beaten to death with sledgehammers before dumping its poor flattened remains in the middle of the road. Hanging is too good for the brutes. Art Baker
  • Score: -1

11:11pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Art Baker says...

Geese come in for even worse treatment. Yesterday I saw one that must have been plucked alive, suffocated in a plastic bag then unceremoniously dumped in a freezer in Tescos. The culprits should be strung up by their dangley bits.
Geese come in for even worse treatment. Yesterday I saw one that must have been plucked alive, suffocated in a plastic bag then unceremoniously dumped in a freezer in Tescos. The culprits should be strung up by their dangley bits. Art Baker
  • Score: -8

4:37pm Sun 29 Jun 14

andrew flower says...

What about the poor innocent snails some folks delight in crushing???
What about the poor innocent snails some folks delight in crushing??? andrew flower
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Sun 29 Jun 14

michaeljohnrogan says...

I hope the press names,and shames them,no matter what their age,or they will never learn respect for animals.
I hope the press names,and shames them,no matter what their age,or they will never learn respect for animals. michaeljohnrogan
  • Score: 3

1:51pm Mon 30 Jun 14

deckhanddave says...

So the Geese are fair game? No mention of them by the caring RSPCA. Tut!
So the Geese are fair game? No mention of them by the caring RSPCA. Tut! deckhanddave
  • Score: 0

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