The RSPCA is appealing for information after a male swan was shot NINE times in the head and neck.
The incident was reported to the RSPCA on Monday 28 July after the swan was seen with blood on his head and chest.
An RSPCA officer tried to catch the swan, but struggled due to the bird being so traumatised. The officer returned the next day and managed to catch the injured bird.
The bird was examined by a vet and following x-rays it was discovered he had been shot nine times with an air rifle.
One of the pellets had gone through the swan’s eye. The swan is very poorly and is currently being cared for at Bishops Wood Swan Rescue where he is receiving pain relief and antibiotics. If he is strong enough vets plan operate on him next week to remove the injured eye and remove as many pellets as they safely can.
RSPCA inspector Jon Ratcliffe said: “This was such a horrible attack on a helpless swan. I am absolutely appalled and sickened that someone has fired so many shots at this bird with a clear intention of causing pain and suffering.
“If this wasn’t bad enough, the swan’s cygnet has also died and sadly the likelihood is that it was shot as well.
“I am determined to find the person responsible for this and I would urge anyone with any information to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
The incident took place on the Stratford Upon Avon Canal near to the junction of Birmingham and Worcester Canal near Lifford Lane.
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