The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pigeon was shot in Tamworth.
The animal welfare charity was contacted by a member of the public on Tuesday 14 February, after the wood pigeon was found in their garden in Dumolos Close struggling to fly.
The pigeon was taken to the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Hospital, where his wing was x-rayed. The x-ray showed two air gun pellets inside his body. Sadly, the pigeon was so poorly that he was put to sleep.
RSPCA spokeswoman Rachel Butler said: “It is concerning that a pigeon was shot in a residential area.
“The pellets had gone so deep inside the bird’s body that it wasn’t immediately obvious that he had been shot. It wasn’t until an x-ray was carried out that the pellets were discovered.
“Such unnecessary and callous attacks can cause a lot of pain and distress to birds, and are often fatal.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
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 six months in prison.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)