The discovery of a large amount of shattered glass in a meadow has prompted a plea for fly-tippers to think again before discarding their waste in the countryside.
The glass was found in the entrance to a meadow off the narrow lane that links Great Wratting to the A143 and runs behind Jaybeth Animal Sanctuary.
Jaybeth’s owner, Carol Harris, made the finding while out walking her dog on Sunday and immediately informed the landowner, Thurlow Estate, who arranged for it be removed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Last summer, Carol’s mum’s cat, Murphy, returned home in severe pain having suffered burns to his leg and paw and to his tongue, part of which had been dissolved by something highly acidic.
At the time it happened the cause of Murphy’s injuries was a mystery.
Murphy eventually recovered after treatment by a vet, although he was unable to eat for three weeks after it happened, but is now minus part of his tongue, the cause of which was found to be acid leaking from car batteries dumped in another meadow behind Jaybeth.
That gruesome incident and the latest fly-tipping event have prompted Carol to make a plea to those responsible to stop and think about the effect their actions have on animal welfare.
She said: “My concern for wildlife grazing was the first thing that sprang to mind.
“When the grass grows it will obscure the shattered glass from view and it will probably be bailed up for hay or silage for animal feed.
“Imagine how agonising it is for animals with shards of glass through their digestive system, so please dispose of old batteries and broken glass safely and have a thought in the future for life around you.
“They’ve been fly-tipping for years but I have noticed it has been getting to be a bigger and bigger problem over the last few years.”