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USPCA condemns attack on goose in Craigavon as ‘barbaric abuse’

The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) has condemned an attack on a goose at Craigavon Lakes as “barbaric abuse”.

The Save Craigavon City Park and Lakes group reported the animal was impaled with a pole by a group of young people yesterday (Friday).

The two males are said to have ran off when they were interrupted by a resident.

Police since confirmed they are investigating reports of the animal being attacked and seriously injured in the Lakelands area of Craigavon shortly before 4pm.

The USPCA, who were informed alongside police, have said they are “shocked and appalled” by what they have described as a “senseless act of cruelty”.

USPCA Chief Executive, Nora Smith, said: “This is a horrific sickening case of animal cruelty and we are appalled to hear of such barbaric abuse.

“We cannot comprehend the motives of anyone who can carry out such a brutal attack against a vulnerable animal.”

She added: “There can be no justification for this criminal behaviour, and we hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice swiftly.

“Unfortunately this is another stark reminder of the many challenges we are still facing with regards to animal welfare in Northern Ireland.

“The USPCA would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding this offence to contact the police on 101, or contact the USPCA directly and the information can be passed on to the police.”

A police spokesperson said: ““Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with CCTV or other footage that could assist police is asked to get in touch on 101 quoting reference 1162 of 17/05/24.”

Read more: Goose impaled with ‘white pole’ by young people near Craigavon Lakes

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