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Have you lost a peacock?

The RSPCA is appealing for the owner of a lost peacock to come forward. The spectacular bird was found in Westford, Wellington in Somerset on Saturday. An inspector picked the peacock up and took it to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton where it is now being cared for. It is not known where the peacock could have come from originally as there are not any well-known estates close by that keep the birds.

Lost peacock Credit: RSPCA

Somebody should be missing this peacock. They can’t fly very far but do sometimes hop from building to building so it’s likely to have only travelled a short distance of a mile or so. Most peacocks in this country are owned so we’d like to be able to reunite this one with its rightful owner. The peacock has missing tail feathers but this can sometimes happen naturally as the bird moults. If you recognise this bird or know who owns it you can ring the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

– Chief Inspector David Steele, RSPCA


Horror after mutilated cat discovered

Horrified RSPCA workers are appealing for information after they discovered the mutilated body of a dead cat.

The animal - which had been skinned - was found with broken bones and bound by twine, lying behind a multi-storey car park in Tavistock.

The pictures are too graphic to show, so have been pixilated. Credit: RSPCA

The cat was found by a member of the public outside the Cooperative car park at 8:30am on February 27, and the charity were immediately called for help.

RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor attended the grim scene.

This was a very strange and disturbing incident and we would really like to get to the bottom of what happened to this poor cat.

It looks like they may have been a black cat from the fur that you can see but the body has been so badly ripped apart that sadly it’s really hard to tell.

A vet has confirmed that they suffered broken bones and then were skinned and tied up, although the tying up was likely to have happened after they died as the rope was clean and loose.

– Lewis Taylor, RSPCA Inspector

Abandoned dog found on country lane with sore paws

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young, lurcher dog was found limping down a country lane in Somerset.

The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old.

The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old. Credit: RSPCA

She was found on a cold afternoon at the end of January, by a member of the public down a quiet lane that runs from the village of Curry Mallet to Isle Brewers Road. She was noted to be in a terrible condition with severe mange between her toes leaving her struggling to walk.

The member of the public who found her said Star came right up to her and was obviously friendly and used to people. They also noticed that she was walking in a funny way and, feeling sorry for her, took her in for the night until she was picked up to take her to a local kennel.

The mange had left her skin raw and sore, leading the RSPCA to launch an investigation into her condition.

Poor Star was found very skinny and unkempt with skin so red raw and riddled with mange. The mange was that bad that it was even between her toes and she could barely walk. She is now thankfully being treated and cared for by the staff at our animal centre, but leaving an animal to suffer like this is just unacceptable.

When she was found she was wearing a really distinctive greyish brown webbed collar. We are hoping that this might trigger people's memories and will help us get to the bottom of exactly what has happened here.

– John Pollock, RSPCA inspector

Staff say Star is recovering well and that they hope to find her a loving home soon.

Anyone with more information is being urged to contact Inspector Pollock on the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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