Magpies killed after chains wrapped around their necks

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Several magpies have died in Melbourne's southwest after they were found with caged legs and chains around their necks.

The Conservation Regulator is investigating whether the suspected cases of animal cruelty in Hoppers Crossing are linked.

Between five and 10 magpies were still alive when they were found but several were dead.

One bird also needed to be euthanised after it was found to be dehydrated, malnourished and unable to fly.

There are only limited circumstances when a person can legally tag a native bird in Victoria, but the size and location of these bands were not legal.

The maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty leading to death or serious disablement of an animal is a $92,460 fine or two years in jail.

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Crime Stoppers.