Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 8:54am
The RSPCA is investigating after a blind and injured cockerel was dumped on a country lane near
The discovery was made after the bird - suspected to have been used by cockfighters - was spotted wandering
Colney Heath Lane on Monday.
Officials from the animal charity believe the bird had leg and wing injuries consistent with fighting - which was made illegal in 1835.
Inspector Jaime Godfrey told us: "It looks like he has been blinded from having his eyes pecked. His chest and the front of his legs are raw and sore and the top of his wings are injured, likely from being rubbed on a cage.
The injuries are indicative of cockfighting".
Inspector Mike Butcher, a member of the RSPCA's special operations unit which tackles blood sports like cockfighting, added: "This cockerel's spur had been cut off, this was probably to fit a metal spur so it could inflict maximum damage to the opponent's bird during a cockfight.
We suspect this bird was probably involved in an organised fight and was injured in the barbaric 'sport' of cockfighting which continues despite being illegal".
Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA's inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.