A number of people have complained after three dead porpoises were left dumped at a council recycling centre after being washed up on Cornwall beaches after the recent storms.
One local, Ryan George, said the animals had been lying around for a few days, with rats and birds eating the remains.
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Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, he said: "This is so wrong. I think they are porpoises and have been there for days in the depot by St Erth. I think it is disgusting for the poor animals to be left there."
However, Cornwall Council said dead animals are generally removed within 24 hours,
A spokesman told the North Devon Journal: "Dead animals are generally collected within 24 hours and returned to the local depot. These are then collected for disposal by a specialist contractor, usually on the same day or within 24 hours.
According to the Metro, the spokesman added: "There have been a number of dead porpoises or dolphins collected from Cornwall Council beaches over the past week, possibly as a result of the recent storm, which have been dealt with according to the stated time frames."