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Ducks killed in Hartlepool dog attack

The birds were discovered at a park on Cowyn Road in Burn Valley on Saturday 11, November. Credit: ITV News

The RSPCA is investigating after four ducks were found dead in a Hartlepool park, after a man was seen encouraging his dog to attack them.

The birds were discovered at the park on Cowyn Road in Burn Valley on Saturday 11, November.

It's believed that a number of children witnessed the attack on the White Aylesbury ducks, which had their wings clipped and are not believed to be wild.

The animals had bite injuries to their faces and backs. Three injured ducks were taken to a local vets but sadly, two of those died, while another duck remains under vet care

RSPCA inspector Krissy Raine said this was a "heart breaking job".

This was a heart breaking job. These ducks suffered terrible injuries. We’ve been told that a man encouraged his dog to attack them.

“The incident was witnessed by numerous children and shockingly, we’ve been told that the man had a child with him at the time.

“People are very upset and we’re appealing for anyone who knows who he is to get in touch.”

– Krissy Raine, RSPCA Inspector

The man is said to be in his early 30s, slim, wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, black Nike trainers and a black cap with a grey peak.

He had a little girl with him who was around three years old with curly brown hair.

She was wearing a blue coat with white flowers, stripy leggings and grey boots. The dog is said to be a medium size sandy coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Because their wings had been clipped these poor ducks had no chance to get away.

"We think they may have come from a nearby allotment, so we’re also appealing for their owner to get in touch.

"We’ve called the surviving duck Audrey and I’m really happy to say that she at least is doing well.”

– Krissy Raine, RSPCA Inspector

Anyone with any information is asked to call the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for RSPCA inspector Raine.