Police are appealing for information regarding a shocking act of animal cruelty.

About 11.10am on Thursday, October 11, the owner of a property on Cawood Drive, Sunshine West went to feed chickens she was keeping in her backyard but found them dead.

Sunshine Police’s Constable Jarrod Simons claimed the chickens were killed by humans.

“It was a clean cut to chop the heads off, so we’re confident it wasn’t done by animals,” he said.

Constable Simons said police had spoken to neighbours on all sides of the property, but at this stage have no leads.

“The next door neighbour has dogs that bark, but there wasn’t any commotion at the time this has occurred, which is unusual,” he said.

“The backyard backs out onto a paddock, so it would have been easy to gain access by the rear of the property.”

Police are urging anyone with information on the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.