The three birds were found with pellet gun wounds. Buzzard xray April17

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a buzzard and a raven were found dead in Pen-y-Cae by a member of the public. Another bird, a crow, was found alive but with severe damage to its wing, possibly caused by being shot.

The buzzard and raven were taken to the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil clinic for x-rays where it was discovered that they had been shot with a pellet gun. Local residents have reported seeing an unusual white van parked in the area around 5 April.

Sadly, the raven was put to sleep to prevent any further suffering due to the severity of the wounds.

Anyone who has any information on who shot the birds should call the RSPCA’s Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

RSPCA inspector, Gemma Cooper, said, “It is incredibly disturbing that someone would come to the village and intentionally shoot these birds with a pellet gun. It is against the law to kill or injure wild birds (except under licence) and individuals can be fined up to £5,000 and potentially up to six months in prison for each bird killed.

“I would urge anyone who has information about these incidents to please come forward and call the RSPCA Appeal line in confidence.”

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). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.