A baby pigeon suffered “absolutely awful” injuries after being kicked by a gang of youths at a bus stop.
The poor bird had to be put to sleep to end its immense suffering after it suffered a broken wing, was left partially skinned and with its beak split and hanging open after the attack, among other sickening injuries.
The horrifying act of animal cruelty by youths on the bird – which could not get away due to having toes missing – in Gateshead has sparked an RSPCA investigation.
A witness claims they spotted a pigeon being kicked by the gang of youths at Gateshead Interchange in West Street at around 8pm on Sunday, ChronicleLive reports.
RSPCA Inspector Catherine Maddison is appealing for any other witnesses to come forward.
She said: “The pigeon was young and underweight with missing toes which I suspect is why he perhaps couldn’t get away from the attack.
“The witness said they saw a group of teenagers kicking the bird in the outdoor area of bus stand L.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have a description of what they look like so we are appealing for information from anyone who may have also witnessed this incident.”
She described how the bird’s injuries were so severe, the kindest thing was to put it to sleep.
She added: “The poor bird suffered a broken right wing, his left eye was swollen and couldn’t fully open and the bird had damage to the left side of his beak which left the beak hanging open.
“The pigeon was missing feathers and had a skinned area on his back.
“This bird’s injuries were absolutely awful and to think that someone has done this deliberately is just horrible.
“This was a cruel and callous act against a defenceless animal.
“If anyone has any further information, please contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”