20th July 2020
A DEAD fox with facial injuries and on a lead was found dumped on a popular Wirral footpath.
It was discovered on the Wirral Circular Trail on July 6 by a shocked member of the public who contacted the RSPCA.
The animal welfare charity has now launched an investigation to find those responsible for its death.
RSPCA inspector Leanne Cragg, who is investigating, said she believes the fox’s death is suspicious due to the fact that the fox was on a lead, was wearing a collar and that the facial injuries are consistent with having been used for baiting.
She said: “We don’t know for sure how the fox got these injuries but I strongly believe they were caused by the fox being used for fighting with another animal.
“It is also very suspicious that the fox was found on a lead and wearing a collar so could have been bred in captivity.”
“This poor fox is likely to have suffered before dying and I am keen to find out any information from anyone who knows about this incident so we can look into it further and determine if any wildlife offences have been carried out.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018, leaving a message for Inspector Leanne Cragg.