RSPCA issue appeal after cockerels are dumped at Bracey Bridge layby for third time this year

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after two cockerels were found dumped in a layby on the A614 - the fifth bird to be abandoned at this location in as many months.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 10:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 11:45 am
Inspector Laura Barber and inspector Jilly Dickinson went to the scene and managed to safely capture the birds - huddled in a tree - who are now in RSPCA care.

The latest incident happened earlier this month when two cockerels were found by a member of the public at the popular layby at Bracey Bridge.

They contacted the RSPCA and animal rescuers inspector Laura Barber and inspector Jilly Dickinson went to the scene and managed to safely capture the birds - huddled in a tree - who are now in RSPCA care.

Laura said she also collected a cockerel from this location in January and again another two were rescued from the same spot in March.

The birds were of normal body weight but riddled with lice so they have been treated by the RSPCA York, Harrogate and District branch.

She believes people are copying others in dumping unwanted birds at this location.

She said: “I am now following up leads to see if I can trace the person responsible for dumping these latest birds.

“It is disgusting that people buy them as pets and then decide to discard them like rubbish.

“The birds were of normal body weight but riddled with lice so they have been treated by the RSPCA York, Harrogate and District branch and will then be handed to a specialist keeper.

Inspector Laura Barber and inspector Jilly Dickinson went to the scene and managed to safely capture the birds - huddled in a tree - who are now in RSPCA care.

“We would ask that if anyone has any information as to who may have owned them to please call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 in the meantime I will be trying to trace vehicles seen nearby when the birds were dumped on Saturday, May 15.”

The animal welfare charity is asking people to properly consider whether to take on chicken as pets as sadly, cockerels being abandoned is not uncommon.

Laura added: “They have their own individual personalities and can be friendly and quite tame, so it’s really worth putting in time and patience to get more out of them and really enjoy them, but before deciding to keep chickens of any kind it’s important to consider whether you have the knowledge, time, facilities, money and commitment needed to care for them.

“For people who would like to keep hens, we would ask them to always consider rehoming rescue hens, and avoid hatching them themselves from eggs, as you can’t be sure of the gender and may find yourself with cockerels instead.”

The birds were of normal body weight but riddled with lice so they have been treated by the RSPCA York, Harrogate and District branch.