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Man filmed as he hurls scared sheep into a field; RSPCA MAKES APPEAL AFTER ANIMAL SUFFERS BROKEN LEG.

Byline: ANTONIO BANNISTER News Reporter antonio.bannister@trinitymirror.com @ARBANNISTER

ANIMAL cruelty campaigners say they are appalled by a video of a man hurling a SHEEP over a fence in a Midland country lane.

The footage, posed online in a bid to track down the culprit, shows a ewe being carried down the road by the skin on its back.

Sickeningly, the thug lifts the distressed animal up, then throws it into the field, where it appears to have broken one of its legs.

"This is upsetting footage to watch," said RSPCA Midlands spokeswoman Rachel Butler.

"It clearly shows a man throw a sheep over a fence into a field, followed by laughing.

"The sheep lands on its back and appears to have what looks like a broken leg. The animal is obviously struggling to stand up and walk.

"It isn't clear in the video if the sheep sustained the injury as a result of being thrown in the video or whether the animal was already injured. We are keen to find out the circumstances behind this recording. There must be someone who recognises the people in the video."

The shocking video, filmed in Staffordshire, was sent anonymously to Labour Animal Rights, and the man can be heard laughing as the sheep lies on the grass.

"It'll get up and go," he says. Labour Animal Rights are hoping not only to find the men involved in the video, but also the animal to ensure that it receives veterinary care.

Ellen Cobb, media manager for the group, told the Birmingham Mail: "The men need to be found and questioned and a proper investigation needs to take place."

The video has been retweeted nearly 7,000 times, and the RSPCA is appealing for the public's help.

"If you recognise the people in the video, please contact the RSPCA's appeals line on 0300 123 8018," added Rachel. "All calls are treated in complete confidence."

? See the shocking video at birminghammail.co.uk

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