THE BODY of a three-foot long lizard found dumped near a park in Small Heath has sparked an investigation.
A member of the public spotted the lizard on the edge of Hay Barn Recreation Ground, off Hob Moor Road, at about 2.30pm yesterday (Thursday, April 14).
The lizard, thought to be a Bosc monitor lizard, is believed to have been kept as an exotic pet, had no signs of injury and was not micro-chipped.
The animal was taken away and incinerated, as is legally required.
Birmingham City Council’s environmental health team are now trawling through CCTV and are appealing for witnesses to find those responsible.
Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director of Place for Birmingham City Council, said: “The discovery of a large dead lizard dumped as ‘rubbish’ is not only unacceptable, it is disturbing that someone would do this in the first place.
“Due to its weight and size it may well have been transported by car, as it could not be carried very far – so I am appealing to anyone who was in this area of Small Heath on Thursday before 2.30pm to get in touch with any information that may help officers find those responsible.
“We all need to love and respect our neighbourhoods and it’s disappointing to see rubbish of any kind being dumped on our streets.”
Abandoning rubbish of any kind (flytipping), including dead animals, is illegal and offenders can face an unlimited fine and up to five years’ in jail.
Anyone with information about who left the dead lizard should visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/flytipping or email [email protected]