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Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
One hundred pounds is being put up as a reward to catch the culprit who speared a hedgehog with a metal rod.
The body of the prickly creature was found at a children's play area in Ullswater Drive, Hethersett, on Wednesday.
A member of public came across the animal at the park and reported it to the RSPCA. The incident is currently being investigated.
The person responsible could face imprisonment or a fine of up to £20,000.
A concerned villager, who wants to remain anonymous, is offering a £100 reward for information to help catch the perpetrator.
He said: “This is horrendous - it has been reported to the RSPCA who are going to see if they can get any information as to who did this.
“I would like to offer a reward of £100 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.”
As recently reported in the Evening News, the Norwich Hedgehog Rescue in Middletons Lane, Hellesdon, came to the aid of 94 animals over the winter months.
Some of the hedgehogs had been injured in gardening accidents while others had been victims of dog attacks or had been born late into the season so had not gained enough weight to survive the cold weather.
A RSPCA inspector confirmed that this latest incident took place and that investigations were under way.
Carrie O'Riordan said: “The body of a hedgehog was found at a children's play area at the end of Ullswater Drive, Hethersett, Norwich on Wednesday by a member of public that reported that a metal rod had been stabbed through it.
“If someone has done this to a live animal then they are committing an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and if convicted this can carry a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and/or a £20,000 fine.
“We would like to hear from anyone who may have any information.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
If you have information on this case, please contact:
0300 1234 999
- Norwich Evening News - April 24, 2010
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