A hedgehog found dead in Kent may have been kicked to death.
The hedgehog was a lactating female who had a broken spine, bruising and shattered back legs.
She was put to sleep to end her suffering by a vet who said that the injuries may have been caused deliberately by kicking.
The incident happened in in Estuary Road in Sheerness on July 21.
A call to the RSPCA said the hedgehog had been handed over by someone who claimed to have seen it being kicked around like a football.
RSPCA Inspector Ray Bailey said: “This hedgehog was in a terrible state. It is horrendous to think that these injuries may have been caused deliberately so we would like to hear from anyone with any information on what happened in Estuary Road.”