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Chooks decapitated in backyard massacre in Maryborough

Maryborough's Cheryl Cartwright has been left wondering what happened to her 14 chickens.
Maryborough's Cheryl Cartwright has been left wondering what happened to her 14 chickens. Megan Pope

A MARYBOROUGH bird-lover has been left scratching her head after she discovered 14 of her chickens decapitated in their fully fenced enclosure.

Cheryl Cartwright said she made the grim discovery at her Alice St property as she went to release her chicken into their outdoor enclosure.

"I came in and there were bodies and heads everywhere," Mrs Cartwright said.

"I don't know how it could have happened either, because we have six-foot-high fences and the hens are secured each night."

The death of her beloved pets came as a shock to Mrs Cartwright, though she said her neighbour had previously lost several chickens to a fox in the area.

"My neighbour thinks a fox got his, but it is impossible for a fox to climb our fences," she said.

"I just want people to keep an eye on their chickens, so this doesn't happen to them."

Mrs Cartwright said she had instinctively disposed of the bodies and heads of the chickens before contacting the police.

"I did try to make a report, but because I had gotten rid of the bodies they couldn't really do anything. But I understand that," she said.

"I'm thinking about contacting the RSPCA too."

Mrs Cartwright said she was encouraging anyone who had seen anything suspicious last Thursday morning at about 5am on Alice St near Sunbury School to contact the local police.

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