The RSPCA is appealing for information after a wood pigeon was shot with a crossbow. The bird was so badly injured it was put to sleep by a vet.

The bird was discovered on a pavement on Backhold Avenue, Halifax by a member of the public on Thursday 9 May. They waited with it while RSPCA Inspector Natalie Taylor arrived. She said:

“I’d like to thank them for contacting us and for keeping an eye on the bird while we got there.

Pigeon shot with crossbow © RSPCA“This is an awful incident, which could have been made much worse had the bird not been found and its suffering relieved. About that much I am grateful.”

The bird was taken straight to a local vet practice where he was found to be paralysed down one side. There wasn’t anything that could be done and he was put to sleep.

Inspector Taylor added:

“Everyone at the vets was disgusted. The poor bird was fighting it. It was extremely sad.

“The bird must have been shot near where he was found because he couldn’t have gone anywhere.

“I’ve knocked on doors in the area and been told another wood pigeon was found with a bolt through it a few days earlier. This is a dangerous weapon. It’s very worrying.”

Crossbow bolt © RSPCAThe bolt has been identified as one fired from a Cobra 80lb self locking crossbow. Crossbows are only allowed to be sold to over 18s and identification must be shown to purchase one. Only a small number of shops sell them in Halifax, but they don’t record the details.

Anyone with any specific information should call the RSPCA 24 hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Taylor.

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