Youths 'kicked and threw stones' at pregnant hedgehog in Hertfordshire
- Credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary
A pregnant hedgehog has lost her sight in one eye following an "appalling" attack in Hertfordshire.
According to police, several boys - thought to be aged 12 and 13 - were seen kicking a pregnant hedgehog in Porters Park Drive, Shenley, near Radlett.
Officers are investigating a case of animal cruelty after the hedgehog was partially blinded.
She also suffered a broken leg, fractured jaw and a laceration to her mouth area.
Since the attack, which took place at around 7pm on Monday, June 20, the hedgehog has given birth to three hoglets. One was stillborn.
PC Dan Hill, of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said two passers by saw the youths kicking and throwing stones at the hedgehog.
He said: "Thankfully two passers-by intervened as I doubt this hedgehog would have survived the attack otherwise.
- 1 Body of man in his 40s found in Hemel Hempstead
- 2 Married at First Sight: St Albans' Whitney wants to walk down the aisle
- 3 Hertfordshire under Met Office yellow warning for storms
- 4 Main footpath closed while CCOS South work underway
- 5 Three rail and bus strikes in London and the East this week
- 6 Motorcyclist in serious but stable condition after B556 London Colney crash
- 7 Could community banking hub open in Harpenden?
- 8 Trains between St Albans and Luton cancelled due to fire
- 9 Product sold at Tesco recalled due to risk of disease-causing bacteria
- 10 The latest court results for the St Albans area
"After being taken to the rescue centre it was discovered that the animal was pregnant and had suffered a number of serious injuries including the loss of sight in one of her eyes, spinal damage, a broken leg, fractured jaw and a laceration to her jaw.
"She is currently being cared for at the rescue centre.
"Vets found that the hedgehog was microchipped and checks revealed that she was born at a rescue centre last year after her mother was injured.
"They had been released back into the wild in October.
"We are a nation of animal lovers so I’m sure that many of you will be appalled by this incident.
"I would like to reassure the local community that we do take animal cruelty seriously and the Rural Operational Support Team, who specialise in dealing with rural and wildlife crime, will be assisting us with this investigation."
PC Hill added that anybody with CCTV or dashcam footage, or anybody who may have seen anything, should come forward.
He said witnesses can contact police online (https://www.herts.police.uk/), or by phone on 101, quoting 41/50042/22.