The RSPCA is looking for teenagers who abused a hedgehog (SWNS)
A group of boys were spotted blowing cannabis smoke into a bag containing a hedgehog before throwing it into a river.
The RSPCA is now trying to track down the teenagers following the incident in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, on April 10.
A passerby rescued the female hedgehog from the water near to Memorial Park after watching the youths throw the animal.
The woman then kept the critter overnight and alerted the RSPCA the next day.
The animal welfare charity took it to Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital for treatment.
The hedgehog, which had just woken from hibernation, is being kept in an incubator and is now said to be recovering well.
RSPCA Inspector Karl Marston said: ‘I am frankly quite shocked by what I have been told has potentially happened to this poor hedgehog and it is a miracle that she survived given all she has been through.
‘Witnesses said they saw a group of young males, possibly teenagers with the hedgehog and they had her in a bag and were believed to be blowing cannabis smoke into the bag.
‘They then tipped the hedgehog out of the bag into the water near Memorial Park near Northampton Road.
‘It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to deliberately attack an animal in this horrific and callous way.’
The hedgehog was thrown into a river (SWNS)
The female hedgehog is getting better after the attack (Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital SWNS)
Marston added the incident was upsetting and they desperately wanted to hear from anyone who may know something.
He said the RSPCA was very grateful to the members of the public who tried to save the hedgehog and thanked them for their help and support.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital said: ‘We are saddened and shocked to hear what has happened to this hedgehog as she would have just woken up from hibernation.
‘Despite everything that has happened to her she is still fighting on – she is currently being cared for in one of our incubators.
‘We have discovered that she is blind in one eye, and we don’t think this is in relation to the cruelty incident, so therefore she will remain in our care.
‘She was also covered in ticks, which we have now removed.’
Anyone with any information about this incident should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
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Source:: Metro News
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