RSPCA appeal after hedgehog kicked like a football in Plymouth

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a hedgehog were seen being kicked by young people in Plymouth.

A member of the public called the animal welfare charity after witnessing a hedgehog being kicked by children at around 8.40pm on Friday, 15 September in  Home Farm Road in Plymstock, Plymouth.

Thankfully the hedgehog (pictured) was rescued and taken to a vet before being transferred to one of the charity’s specialist wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres where the hedgehog is now recovering as it is prepared for release back into the wild.

Dr Bel Deering, centre manager at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre, said: “Luckily no lasting damage has been done but it’s a very sad tale. There is never an excuse for such a senseless attack on a defenceless animal.”

Anyone with any information about this incident should call the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 123 8018 quoting incident number 2018/15/09/17.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).