A CHARITY has hit out after a 'defenceless' duck was killed in a 'painful and an inhumane way' in a village.

The RSPCA has appealed for information after two young people were seen abusing a Muscovy duck in Reading Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, at around 1.30pm on Tuesday, July 4.

The animal welfare charity was contacted by a member of the public who had seen two teenage boys chasing a duck near the plantation pond before one kicked it in the head, leaving the bird with fatal injuries.

The charity is now appealing for anyone with any information or anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack to get in touch with them.

RSPCA inspector Nikki Denham, who is investigating, said: “This poor defenceless duck was subject to torment, pain, and an inhumane death. There is no excuse for such a senseless and callous act on a sentient being that feels pain and would have no doubt been in fear.

“Witnesses saw two teenage boys chasing the duck before one was seen to kick the duck in the head. The duck was seen in visible distress as it was trying to escape from the two boys who were tactically going in front and behind stopping it from escaping.

“The duck was last seen staggering when the two attackers were confronted by the member of the public and ran off.

"Sadly the duck collapsed and died a few minutes later as a member of the public was attempting to get it in a box to take to a vet.

“I urge anyone with information to get in touch by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The boys are described as white with short brown hair. Both were wearing tracksuits with bags on their backs at the time of the attack.

If found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, defendants can face up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.