Following reports of a video on social media showing animal cruelty, West Devon Borough Council and FCC Environment have issued the following statements:

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Statement by West Devon Borough Council

Cllr Caroline Mott, West Devon Borough Council's Lead member for Recycling and Waste said: "West Devon Borough Council takes a zero-tolerance approach to animal cruelty. We are taking this video, and the distressing actions it shows, very seriously.

"We can confirm that our contractor, FCC Environment, is currently carrying out a full internal enquiry. Bearing in mind the severity of the video content, we are expecting a swift conclusion to the investigation so that appropriate action can be taken quickly. We would like to stress that this is the action of a few individuals and is not condoned by the Council nor FCC Environment."

Statement on behalf of FCC Environment:

FCC Environment is one of the UK's leading resource and waste management companies collecting waste from some 1.3 million people a year in the UK. The company signed a contract with South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils to provide all waste, recycling collection and street and toilet cleaning services from the 1st April 2019.

As a professional operator working to the highest standards, the company takes all reports of wrong doing seriously. FCC has been made aware of a video showing distressing scenes of animal cruelty and the company is currently investigating the footage.

The business would like to make it clear that a zero-tolerance approach is taken to animal cruelty and that a full internal investigation in underway.

FCC Environment would like to stress that this incident was a result of the actions of a few individuals and is not condoned by the council nor FCC Environment. The business can confirm that the individuals involved in the film are no longer with the company.