THE RSPCA has issued a warning following reports of chickens being dumped by the roadside.

Four chickens were found by a passer-by in Whitfield near Staward Gorge, one of which had already died.

It’s not the first time chickens have been left in the area.

The RSPCA said abandoning the birds was an act of cruelty.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “It’s not uncommon for the RSPCA to be called about dumped chickens. Leaving chickens alone at the side of the road or in a remote location like this is cruel and could be very dangerous, and puts them at serious risk. We really hope people will take the time to carefully consider if keeping chickens is right for them, and more importantly, the birds themselves.”

She added: “Anyone who is concerned about any abandoned animals should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”