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Charity offers cash to find fox cub killer

PUBLISHED: 16:19 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010

GRIM DISCOVERY: Liesa and Kerry at the scene.

GRIM DISCOVERY: Liesa and Kerry at the scene.

A CHARITY protecting foxes has offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a thug who battered a fox cub to death. The cub was found lying next to a blood soaked rag in a small shed in the garden of a derelict house on Hawkins Av

A CHARITY protecting foxes has offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a thug who battered a fox cub to death.

The cub was found lying next to a blood soaked rag in a small shed in the garden of a derelict house on Hawkins Avenue, Gravesend.

Kerry Carl, of York Road, Gravesend, made the grim discovery on April 22 when she was in the area feeding stray cats.

Trevor Williams, the director of the Fox Project charity, is offering the reward.

Ms Carl, 34, said: "I spotted it as I walked past the shed. I didn't know what to think. It was horrible. It looked like it had been battered to death, struck between the eyes. If this is some ones form of entertainment, then I think they are very sad people."

She contacted Liesa Clark, from Northfleet, who runs independent New Hope Animal Rescue. Also found next to the body was a cat basket and a beer can. She took the cub to the vets where it was examined.

She said: "When I arrived and found the cub, I felt sick. It disgusted me to see something like that. There was a piece of wood there, which it could have been hit with.

"I also do work for the Fox Project and if we find an ill or injured fox we will look after it and take it to the vets to be treated before we can set it free again.

"To think someone did this when there was absolutely no need for it."

Ms Clark took the body to the Shrubbery Veterinary Centre, where it was examined and X-rayed. Vet Joanna Lee said the head injury was so severe that its neck had been dislocated.

She said: "A blow like this would have had to either come from a car, or from something hitting it on the head.

"The body was found some distance from the road so it indicates to me that there is a possibility this is a cruelty case and has suffered a heavy blow to the head."

Call the RSPCA with information on 0300 1234 999.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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