Dead chick is tied to railings on road named in honour of WWI soldiers
Investigation launched after dead chick is tied to railings on road named in honour of WWI soldiers
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- The bird was found on the Road of Remembrance in the town of Folkestone, Kent
- RSPCA not able to establish if the bird was dead or alive when it was tied there
- Charity said it’s ‘shocking and disrespectful’ to place it at the ‘poignant’ location
An investigation has been launched after a dead chick was found tied to the railings of a road named in honour of World War One soldiers.
Upsetting pictures showed the chick tied close to a knitted poppy that was also on the railing on the Road of Remembrance in Folkestone, Kent.
The discovery was made by a member of the public on Tuesday who informed the RSPCA.
In World War One hundreds of thousands of troops marched down the road to Folkestone Harbour from marshalling camps to board ships bound for France and the Western Front.
The dead chick (pictured above) was found tied to the railings next to a knitted poppy that can be seen on the left of the photo
The Road of Remembrance leads up to the town’s 1922 war memorial, which faces out to sea and features a bronze female figure holding a cross in her left hand and a laurel wreath in her right.
RSPCA officers say it not possible to establish if the chick was alive or dead when it was tied to the railing.
RSPCA Inspector David Grant was called to collect the chick’s body and said: ‘I was actually a bit speechless when I saw this, I just don’t understand why anyone would do this.
‘It’s upsetting on so many levels – to have an animal strung up in such an undignified way and then to do it at such a poignant location next to a poppy and as it is almost Easter, it’s shocking and disrespectful.’
The RSPCA is now appealing for witnesses.
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