RSPCA Cymru is urgently appealing for information and for witnesses to come forward following a third air gun attack on the same street in Prestatyn.
Sadly another dead gull has been found on Salisbury Avenue and following an x-ray the bird was found to have been shot by an air pellet. The bird was found on Thursday (19 July).
This shocking discovery follows two previous gulls that were found on the same street. One gull was found dead on 9 July and another with severe injuries on 12 July. Sadly this gull was put to sleep to avoid further suffering due to the severity of the bird’s injuries.
These incidents also follow a series of shocking and mindless attacks in Prestatyn and Rhyl.
A dead gull that had been shot by an air gun was also found at Rhyl High School on Grange Road at the start of the month and 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.
RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “All these birds were x-rayed and all found to have air gun pellets inside them confirming they were shot. This latest gull appeared to have been dead for some time, so we don’t have an exact date of the incident, but these attacks have been carried out over the past few weeks.
“This surge in these attacks are extremely concerning and are just causing so much unnecessary suffering to these birds.
“It’s so difficult to understand why anyone would carry out such mindless attacks on innocent, defenceless creatures.
“We urge that 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 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
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