A woman in Castle Park, who was spotted with painted pigeons, has been branded “cruel” by an animal charity.

Onlookers were shocked by the bright colours on the pigeons, and reported it to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) last week.

Eye witnesses said she brought the birds to the park in a satchel, and had been there for a while.

The RSPCA said it was “cruel and unnecessary” and they were now working to track the woman down.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We are aware that a person was seen with pigeons painted in bright colours, in Castle Park this week.

“We sent an inspector out to find out more but the person could not be found.

“We are concerned by the possibility that someone may have intentionally painted the pigeon’s feathers.

“This is very worrying as it could cause health problems, impair their ability to fly and make them more vulnerable to predators.


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