RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after six swans were attacked at Sandy Water Park in Llanelli.
The six swans, which were sadly found dead, were missing their head and necks with Swan Rescue South Wales initially being contacted and subsequently the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben has been investigating this incident.
He said: “These six swans were found to be decapitated with their necks and heads found close by. To try and find out what happened one of the dead swans was sent away for a post mortem examination, which found that the swan had been shot in the head and body by a BB gun and an airgun.
“The swan was then most likely predated upon, hence the decapitation.”
X-ray pictures were taken as part of the post mortem where the pellets are shown.
Inspector Hogben added: “It’s so difficult to understand why anyone would carry out such mindless attacks on innocent, defenceless creatures. We don’t know how each of the swans died, but it is likely that they were all targeted by airguns.
“We would also like to remind members of the public that all wild birds, including swans, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to kill, injure or take them except under licence. The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.”
Anyone who has any information about this incident should contact the RSPCA’s cruelty line, in complete confidence, on 0300 1234 999.
The RSPCA would like to see a certification system for airguns, with better education and safety training for owners, similar to that which has been introduced in Scotland. This would mean airguns can be traceable and hopefully deter these horrible attacks on animals, as well as people.
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For more information on what to do if you find an injured wild animal, visit the RSPCA website.