Reward offered in fox cruelty case

Some of the cubs crammed into one of the barrels.
Some of the cubs crammed into one of the barrels.
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A £1,000 reward has been offered to help find the people responsible for dumping 18 fox cubs in a ditch on the outskirts of Spalding.

Animal rights group PETA (people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was so horrified by our story about the dumping of the animals, which were left for dead in Swindlers Drove, that it has put up the cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The incident was described by RSPCA inspector Jon Knight as one of the most appalling and distressing that he had ever seen.

The 18 cubs, aged five to eight weeks, were discovered inside two plastic barrels and a sack in the the ditch on Easter Monday, April 25.

The young cubs were squeezed in together and extremely dehydrated and the barrels were sealed with screw tops and the sack tied up with string, leaving the animals with no access to food or water.

Another cub had to be put down after being discovered with a fractured skull and jaw.

PETA spokesman Sandra Smiley said: “Animal abusers are cowards. They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

All bar one of the fox cubs was said to be recovering well and set to be released into the wild.

Three bags of shredded rubbish were also left at the scene and contained soiled shredded paper and bird and rabbit remains. A fourth bag with maggot-infested bird remains was also found.

A PETA spokesman added: “We work very closely with the RSPCA on these occasions - this case was particularly horrible and the RSPCA said it was one of the most distressing that particular inspector had seen so we felt we needed to act.”

PETA argues that people who commit such acts are often repeat offenders and pose a threat to both animals and humans.

Anyone with information about this case should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.