Animal charity appeals for information on abandoned Langholm cockerels

TWO abandoned cockerels have been found on a remote farm near Langholm.

The wandering pair, named Pete and Dud, were discovered on Middle Moss Farm last Wednesday.

The Scottish SPCA are now appealing for information on the homeless birds, which are being cared for at Dunragit Kennels in Stranraer.

Animal Rescue Officer Tricia Smith said: “It seems very likely Pete and Dud have been abandoned as the land they were found on is so remote.

“They are both healthy and friendly birds, around a year old, but they were quite hungry when I rescued them.

“Pete and Dud’s wings have been clipped in the last three to six months which suggests they have been looked after until recently.

“It’s possible someone has bought them believing they were chickens and, when they discovered they were cockerels, decided they no longer wanted them.

“We would urge anyone who recognises them and knows who may have owned them to contact us as soon as possible.

“Pete and Dud will remain in our care and we’ll soon be looking to find them permanent homes.”

Scottish SPCA say abandoning an animal is a criminal offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.