Thugs kill frogs in carrier bag

ANIMAL killers who collected frogs in a carrier bag and then jumped up and down on it were today branded as evil.RSPCA officials are appealing for information and said those responsible would be prosecuted if caught.

ANIMAL killers who collected frogs in a carrier bag and then jumped up and down on it were today branded as evil.

RSPCA officials are appealing for information and said those responsible would be prosecuted if caught.

The incident happened in the Spa Gardens on Felixstowe seafront, where the bag of crushed frogs was found by a family out enjoying a walk.

It appeared that someone had collected the 15 frogs from the gardens in the plastic carrier bag and then jumped on it, killing many of them and leaving others barely alive.


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The people who made the sickening find placed those frogs that were alive back in the pond in the gardens.

They then called the RSPCA.

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Felixstowe councillor Doreen Savage said: "It is absolutely dreadful, awful – it is thuggery of the worst kind.

"It made me feel sick when I was told about it. These creatures were not doing anybody any harm, they are the dearest things, and for someone to collect them up and do this it is terrible.

"I understand most were dead, some were still alive and others barely alive.

"It makes me sad to think we have got evil people like that living in Felixstowe.

"I guess this was their idea of fun. Apparently, there was lots of bottles and litter found around the same area, so it was probably some drunken prank."

RSPCA spokeswoman Sophie Wilkinson said: "We condemn any attacks on animals and any deliberate cruelty."

Investigations are currently taking place after the frogs were discovered last Saturday.

Ms Wilkinson has appealed for anyone who might have been in the Spa Gardens and seen the incident or had any knowledge of the people involved to contact the RSPCA's hotline on 0870 5555 999.

She said any information given would be investigated and if the people who killed the frogs were caught, they would be prosecuted.

Frogs are a common sight in the Spa Gardens at the moment, having just come out of their winter hibernation from under stones and piles of decaying leaves and are making their way to their breeding grounds.

They are seen mostly at night around the gardens' ponds and also on the paths as they return to exact areas where they were spawned and grew into adults. The common frog is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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