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Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Pigeons mutilated in ruthless attack
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RSPCA inspectors are appealing for information after a number of racing pigeons were found mutilated and dead.

Six birds were found with their legs torn off and their internal organs ripped out.

The pigeons had been stolen from a loft in Boughton, Nottinghamshire on Saturday.

Their bodies were later found on a nearby footpath.


These birds were tortured and whoever is responsible is heartless and evil

Joanne Eley

The RSPCA said post mortem examinations revealed all six birds had been tortured while still alive.

Joanne Eley, the co-owner of the birds said: "We are devastated by what has happened.

"The people who did this are sick. These birds were tortured and whoever is responsible is heartless and evil."

Six more pigeons went missing at the same time but have not been recovered.

RSPCA inspector Tina Gent, investigating the killings, said: "This was an horrific act of cruelty with no apparent motive.

"The injuries sustained were unbelievable - this is being regarded very seriously by the RSPCA."

The six birds were worth an estimated 1,000.

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