A HORRIFIC attack on seagulls which left them dead and dying on a Llandudno road has prompted an outcry on social media.

Police and the RSPCA are investigating after scenes of the carnage on Llewelyn Road were posted on Facebook page 'You know you are from Llandudno if you...'

It appears that the Herring Gulls, which are a protected species, were hit by a vehicle. An investigation is underway to establish whether the birds were deliberately killed and if food was used to entice them into the road.

Ffion Haf Davies posted on Sunday, at 12.29am: "Went out for a few drinks tonight and this is what I was confronted with ...a driver put his foot down to run over five seagulls in the road, four are dead and one still alive with a broken wing. Bloody disgraceful, there is no need for this!"

A spokesperson for RSPCA Cymru said: “It must have been very distressing to make such an upsetting discovery or witness this incident.

“Gulls and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure wild birds.

"Any action or deterrence can only be taken against them under licence and we would always urge people to use non-lethal solutions.

"If anyone has any information about this incident, please report this to us on 0300 1234 999.”

North Wales Police Tweeted on Monday morning: "We are aware of the horrific incident in Llewelyn Road, Llandudno in which a number of seagulls were killed after reportedly being hit by a vehicle.

"The RSPCA, which has investigative and prosecution powers has been informed and is looking into the matter."

Hundreds of people have taken to Facebook to comment. Several comments include:

Cornelia O'Leary: "This is a heinous act of violence towards defenceless creatures.

"It makes me angry that someone could do such a thing. The chicks of those birds will now starve. Whoever did this I sincerely hope that karma catches you ten fold.

Susan Fletcher said: "That's horrible I am not a big fan of the

seagulls but that is just mindless cruelty."

Debbie Robbins said: "Appalling behaviour. The gulls are a menace at times , but to deliberately do this is animal cruelty!"

Sarah Jervis posted: "I don't really like seagulls but what gives anyone the right to hurt any animal in such a way, its just disgusting."