RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after a man was witnessed shooting ducks at Brickfield Pond in Rhyl.
The man, aged between 25-35, was reportedly seen by a cyclist pulling the dead ducks out of the pond with a net and putting them into a blue carrier bag. He was seen using a brown rifle and was seen shooting three ducks.
RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “This shocking incident took place at around 1pm on 26 June. If anyone saw this incident or has any information that may help us we’d appreciate if they’d call us on our inspectorate appeal line 0300 123 8018.
“It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing harm to defenseless birds. This appears to be a deliberate act of cruelty and I am appealing for anyone with information as to who shot these ducks to get in touch.
“As this happened around 1pm, we hope there may be someone who saw something that can help us with our enquiries.
“We would also like to remind members of the public that all wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to kill, injure or take them during the close season* without a licence.”
Anyone who witnesses incidents in which an animal has been shot or targeted by someone using a rifle or airgun should contact the RSPCA’s national cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
For more advice on what you should do if you encounter an injured wild animal, visit our website at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals
If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru investigate incidents such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.