THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a gull was shot three times by an air rifle.

The RSPCA received a call from a member of the public on Saturday evening [13 June] after they found the injured gull at Lansdowne Road in Cardiff. Gull xray 2 Cardiff June15

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels attended and took the bird to a veterinary surgery for an examination.

“An X-ray confirmed three air rifle pellets present and sadly due to the injuries the bird had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice,” she said.

“We are now appealing to anyone who may have seen the shooting in the area. Gull xray 1 Cardiff June15

“Anyone with information about this incident can call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 in confidence.”

It is an offence to injure or kill a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 except under licence and offenders can face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Gull Cardiff 2 June15If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).