Submitted by Steve on 15:23, 31st Jul, 2017 | 0

On Friday early evening around 9pm the GSPCA were called out to attend a very serious incident of 5 ducks alleged to have been hit by a vehicle on Le Grande Maisons Road near to the Rue Sauvage area.

The birds were all sadly found deceased and GSPCA Warden on duty that evening had the sad job of collecting the bodies of the birds and return them to the GSPCA.

An appeal was put out that evening on social media as there was the possibility that one or more of the female ducks may have had ducklings as some had been spotted earlier that day, but as yet none have been reported, rescued, seen or found.

Sadly on a daily basis the GSPCA respond to calls and have domestic and wild animals rushed to the Shelter and vets that have been hit by vehicles or involved in a road traffic accident.

Saying this it is normally only one or two animals involved in a road traffic accident and extremely rare to have more than this unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Sarah Langlois GSPCA Ambulance Warden said "I couldn't believe it on Friday when I was called out to rescue the 5 ducks all of which were found dead on Le Grande Maisons Road near Rue Sauvage."

"The caller sadly didn’t witness the incident and we are appealing for information."

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant "We see some extremely sad cases and injuries to animals at the GSPCA and sadly have animals rescued from road accidents on a daily basis."

"We help rescue and rehabilitate dozens of ducks every month which are injured through all sorts of incidents but to have 5 killed in a very short time frame along the same road is extremely rare."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "On Friday evening the team were extremely upset when we were called out to 5 ducks that had been killed along one stretch of road on Le Grande Maisons Road near Rue Sauvage."

“We have been in touch with the authorities and looking into the incident with Guernsey Police.”

“We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information of the incident to please contact us at the GSPCA on 257261 or call the Guernsey Police on 01481 725111.”

“The incident was posted on social media and caused a huge amount of upset from islanders who believe that this could have been caused on purpose and one has even created a Just Giving Page to offer a reward to a successful prosecution if this was caused intentionally and you can see this page by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ducksguernsey .”

“We are very grateful to those that have thought of carrying out this action to encourage information on this incident and also that if no prosecution is forth coming that the funds be donated to the 450+ animals in our care at the GSPCA.”

“Sadly there are incidents of animals killed on the road that could not have been prevented such as when they suddenly appear or it puts human life at risk, but many of those are quickly reported to the GSPCA by the individuals who sadly could not have prevented them.”

“We would kindly ask anyone that hits an animal whether domestic or wild to pull into a safe place if they have caused an animal an accident and to provide assistance if safe to do so or to call us for advice on 257261 where we are on hand 24 hours 7 days a week.”

“Sadly often there are over 200 cats killed on the roads every year in Guernsey and countless wild animals and if ever you find a deceased animal again if safe to do so finders can bring them into the GSPCA 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

"On the wekend another duck was killed and found on the road in the same area and we are unsure if this is related to the incident on Friday night."

“As mentioned we are working with the Guernsey Police to look into this incident and if anyone has further information please do contact them or ourselves

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