RSPCA inspectors are investigating the deaths of an entire family of badgers killed by snares.
Eleven corpses, some with snares still around their necks, were found dumped in a field near Caersws in Mid Wales.
Phil Lewis, leading the RSPCA inquiry, said the badgers, which are legally-protected animals, had suffered agonising deaths.
“This is the worst case I have ever seen,” he said. “It was quite sickening.”