A Canada Goose suffered for possibly weeks and ended up losing a leg because of improperly discarded fishing litter, the RSPCA has revealed.
The organisation was contacted by a concerned member of the public who saw the goose on a lake near to Ryders Hayes Lane, Walsall, staggering and struggling to stand. When RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Cara Gibbon arrived to catch the goose, she was shocked to see that it was missing his right leg, with the bone protruding through.
Its left leg, which was also tangled in fishing line, was completely dead as a result of the blood supply being cut off. Very sadly, after being assessed by a vet, the goose had to be euthanised to end its suffering. ACO Gibbon said: "The leg that he did have was red hot at the top, above the fishing line, and stone cold beneath the line.