RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a wood pigeon was believed to have been shot and killed by a pellet gun.

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after she found the dead bird in her garden at Western Valley Road, Rogerstone, Newport.

Wood pigeon1RSPCA animal welfare office Sian Burton said: “The caller said the bird was in a tree on Saturday night [1 August] and she heard a crack. The bird fell out of the tree and she found him dead on the ground.

“The bird – a wood pigeon – has a wound to his chest and a veterinary surgeon suspects it is a pellet wound.

“We are appealing for anyone with information about this suspected pellet gun attack to 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. Wood pigeon2

If 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).