The RSPCA is appealing for information after a woman was seen kicking a hedgehog in the middle of Peterborough.
The animal welfare charity was called after a passing member of the public saw the middle-aged female attacking the wild animal and shouting at him around 2.30pm on Tuesday (September 15).
She was in a courtyard at the bottom of some flats in Sprignall, Bretton.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “She was seen screaming ‘stupid hedgehog’ and kicking the little animal around continuously, as if he were a football. Luckily she was seen by a passer-by who called us.
“When I arrived I found the hedgehog still alive, but lying on his side, twitching, clearly in great agony.
“I took him to a vet where he was given treatment but sadly his injuries were found to be so severe that he was put to sleep the next day to prevent further suffering.
“There is no excuse for such a senseless attack, and I can’t imagine what could have motivated it.
“I have known cases like this with young children who don’t know any better, but for a grown woman to attack an animal like this is just baffling.”
Anyone with any information about this incident should call the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 123 8018.