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RSPCA investigating after seven dead hares found in Langport

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The RSPCA has opened an investigation after seven dead hares were found dumped near Langport.

They are appealing for information on what might have happened to the animals; it's thought they might be the victims of coursing, which is when live animals are chased by dogs.

“I collected four dead hares from a grass verge, and three who had been thrown over a low stone wall outside Immacolata House Care Home near the A378 just outside Langport," Animal Welfare Officer Alison Sparkes said.

"It is thought they were left there at some point overnight on Thursday 5th September into Friday 6th September."

They have been taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre and have been examined by a vet.

"One hare was found to have obvious injuries which are thought to have been caused by a dog, while the others are believed to have internal injuries such as broken necks and spines," Alison said.

“We’d urge anyone with any information about what happened to these poor animals to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

“Hare coursing is horrific in terms of animal welfare. Our inspectors, many well used to seeing animal cruelty first hand, have often described the footage they have seen of this barbaric custom as bloodcurdling and the sound the hare makes as it is being torn apart as heart wrenching.

“The RSPCA firmly believes that the cruel practice of chasing and killing live animals with dogs is a barbaric and outdated pastime and has no place in modern Britain.

"This is a sentiment echoed by the vast majority of the British public.

"Hare coursing was banned under the Hunting Act 2004.”

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