ANIMAL welfare bosses are appealing for witnesses after a plastic bag containing nine dead ducklings and their mother was found. 

The bird’s bodies were found dumped in a black bin bag near Asda Supermarket in Colne on April 27.

Officers from the RSPCA were called to supermarket and inspected the Mallard and her nine ducklings, who all showed signs of serious trauma.

An appeal has now been launched in a bid to find who is responsible for the shocking discovery. 

Inspector Natalie Taylor said: “CCTV shows a lot of commotion - cars and people are seen stopping and congregating - on April 25.

“Four young people - three males and one female - are seen at the location. One of the males - who was wearing a dark coloured cap backwards - is captured picking things up and putting them in a bag before dumping the bag in the bushes.

“I really want to speak to him, and the people he was with, along with anyone who saw what happened to these ducks.”

The incident occurred on the Regent Street side of Asda, opposite Jewsons, just before 3pm.

All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to kill, injure or take them except under licence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on their appeal line 0300 123 8018.