Police believe birds were either shot or hit with an object

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Thirteen chickens have been killed and one injured at a smallholding in Sellindge.

Police believe the birds may have been shot with a catapult or struck with an object.

At first it was thought the chickens had died of a disease on April 7, but this has been ruled out following tests by the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Two boys, aged 14 and 16, have been questioned about the deaths of the animals, which had been re-homed to the Sellindge smallholding.

PC Darren Chapman said: “The owners are extremely upset and cannot understand why anyone would want to kill and maim the chickens which are to them family pets.

“It is not known for certain how the chickens were killed but there is a possibility that they were shot with a catapult or struck with another object.”

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Chapman at Kent Police on 101, giving reference ZY/10714.

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