Five chickens found squeezed into tiny bucket and abandoned in an alleyway

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A group of chickens were discovered squeezed into a tiny bucket and dumped in an alleyway in Nottingham with no food or water,

The Bantam-type birds were stuck inside a plastic bucket – that used to contain fence preservative – with a piece of wood placed on top.

A member of the public found them in the alley off Broadwood Road in Bestwood last Friday and called the RSPCA for help.

RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam, who is investigating, said: “They were kept in incredibly cramped conditions and had no access to food and water.

“We can’t say for sure how long they had been in this situation for, however they were suffering unnecessarily.

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“It is saddening that owners feel the need to abandon animals for whatever reason. Had they not been found, they would have likely been attacked by foxes or cats.”

He added: “It is an offence to abandon animals and leaving them in circumstances where their needs are not being met – including being abandoned in an appalling environment, like these birds were.”

The birds are now being cared for by the charity.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018, leaving a message for Inspector McAdam.

Top pic: RSPCA

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