The RSPCA is appealing for information after receiving reports that ducks are being shot at on a Walsall canal.
A member of the public contacted the animal welfare charity on Thursday 31 August after witnessing two ducks being shot dead with a pellet gun on a canal behind a row of houses in St John’s Close.
RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant said: “We are very concerned to hear that someone is deliberately targeting wildlife in such a cruel way. There have been two dead ducks found at the location where someone is supposedly shooting them, however there could be more.
“There is no CCTV showing the incident and we don’t have a clear description of the person who is doing this, so we are relying on the public to keep their eyes open and to let us know if they see anyone shooting at wildlife in the area with an air gun.
“People need to remember the devastating consequences that shooting at animals with air guns can have.
“It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing harm to these beautiful and defenseless birds. These are deliberate acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit these offences.
“We would also like to remind people that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to take, injure or kill and wild bird or interfere with their nest or eggs, unless under licence. The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and a £5,000 fine.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA, in complete confidence, on 0300 123 8018.
For more information on the legal protection of wild birds and other animals, visit our website at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/laws
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)