Shocked by hog cruelty

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We were sickened to read about the hedgehog found impaled on a curtain pole (Shields Gazette, November 15) and struggle to see how this could have been accidental.

The pain and fear this poor animal must have gone through, probably at the hands of sick thugs, is unimaginable.

Animal cruelty is often associated with people who have done poorly in school, have low self-esteem and few friends.

Many studies in psychology, sociology and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty.

Research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of violent crime, including child abuse, spouse abuse and murder.

We ask that anyone who has any information about this attack to contact Crimestoppers (anonymously if desired) on 0800 555 111 or the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Let us ensure these people have the fullest most severe punishment possible for carrying out such a cowardly and despicable attack.

For those inclined to help hedgehogs, please see our website at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk for lots of advice and news.

Fay Vass

Chief Executive

British Hedgehog

Preservation Society