|Swan in lake (illustration)|
By: Tanya Clark WorldWideWeirdNews.com
A swan was found dead near a river with a gunshot wound to the neck, according to police in the United Kingdom.
The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is appealing for information after the swan was found peppered with air gun pellets in a Staffordshire town.
The swan was found by the water in Cannock Road, Burntwood, with a hole in the neck on Thursday.
RSPCA inspector Rob Crutchley collected the bird and took it to the charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire.
An X-ray showed that the swan had been shot 10 times with an air gun. Pellets were found in the bird’s wings, chest, legs, tail and beak.
Sadly, the swan was so badly injured that it was put to sleep to prevent further suffering.
Inspector Crutchley said: “The swan had been completely peppered with pellets. It was probably in so much pain after what could have been a prolonged attack.
“It is shocking and disturbing to think that someone thinks it is acceptable to do this to an innocent animal. It is cruel and causes horrific suffering. We are appealing for people to come forward with information so we can find out who did this to this poor swan.”
It is against the law to kill or injure wild birds, except under special license, and individuals can be fined up to 5,000 pounds ($6,300), and potentially up to six months in prison for each bird killed.