RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after three more gulls have been found with air gun injuries – two of which were fatally injured.
Two gulls were found on Salisbury Avenue, Prestatyn – one was found dead and the other was sadly put to sleep to avoid further suffering due to the severity of the bird’s injuries. A third gull was also found at Rhyl High School on Grange Road, and was discovered to be dead.
Following x-rays at Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre all three gulls were found to have pellets inside them, meaning they were shot by an air gun.
RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “This is very upsetting and shocking that gulls are being attacked by air guns and sadly it is most likely to have been deliberate.
“Anyone with any information – or who may have witnessed an attack – is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“It is very shocking to see these x-ray images and to think about how these poor gulls would have suffered from these unnecessary and mindless attacks.”
These latest reports follow an incident where a severely injured gull was found at St Marks church, Wellington Road on the corner with Ffynnongroew Road, in Rhyl on 6 July.
Pellets inside the bird were found following an x-ray which had caused severe injuries to the bird’s leg. Sadly, the extent of the gull’s injuries meant the bird had to be put to sleep to avoid further suffering.
It is an offence to injure or kill a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and offenders can face an unlimited fine and/or six months imprisonment. Licences are available or can be applied for, to help resolve certain issues.
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
The RSPCA have a “living with gulls” factsheet, including guidance on humanely deterring gulls, on the website at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/livingwith
Should you wish to help the RSPCA, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on donations from the public to exist.