Deer dies after ‘being chased down by pack of hunting dogs and attacked’
A deer has died after it was apparently chased down and attacked by a pack of hunting dogs in a coursing incident near a sports centre last month.
The deer was found mauled to death in woodland near to Sheddocksley Sports Centre on Springhill Road in Aberdeen on February 17.
The Scottish SPCA said the animal had "injuries consistent with deer coursing", the "illegal" and "barbaric" activity of hunting game animals with dogs.
The deer’s injuries indicated an attack by a pack of dogs, the Scottish SPCA added as it issued an appeal for information from the public on Monday.
A spokesperson for the charity said: "We were alerted to the discovery of the deer which was found in woodland near to Sheddocksley Sports Centre on Springhill Road on Sunday 17 February.
"The deer was found to have fatal injuries that indicated an attack by a pack of dogs."
It was unknown what type of dogs were used in the suspected coursing incident.
Deputy chief superintendent Tom Gatherer added: "The Scottish SPCA is working with Police Scotland to catch those who are hunting animals such as deer by setting their dogs on them.
"Deer coursing is an illegal and barbaric crime which causes the deer horrific pain and suffering and a great deal of distress.
"Our key aim is to help tackle the killing of deer by dogs and reduce the number of animals that are exposed to suffering, which we are able to do when we disrupt organised hunting gangs.
"Anyone with information should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 where calls can be taken anonymously."
On Sunday, it was claimed that cruel hunters have left around 50,000 greyhounds to die as Spanish hunting season comes to an end.
The animals are being thrown down wells, tied to railings or abandoned as their owners don’t want to pay for their upkeep until the start of the next season.
Hunters are known to use greyhounds and other sighthounds in coursing hunts.
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