RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two birds have been found dead and another rescued with severe injuries in Aberdare over the weekend.
The birds, a pigeon and a jackdaw, fell wounded into two gardens along East Avenue, Aberdare, on Saturday 18 July, and sadly died from their injuries. The member of the public who found them said they both had pellet wounds.
A third injured bird, a pigeon, was also found and taken for rehabilitation but sadly died from their injuries as well.
Inspector Simon Evans is now looking into this. He said: “We would like to remind the public that shooting birds like this is totally unacceptable. This is cruel and callous and against the law as all birds are protected under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 from being taken, injured or killed except under licence.
“We’re now investigating to find out exactly what happened to these poor birds. They were discovered by two members of the public in two separate gardens on the same road over the weekend. This seems to be an indiscriminate attack as a pigeon and a jackdaw were shot at and subsequently died.
“Every year the RSPCA receives almost 1,000 calls to investigate cases and help hundreds of animals that are the defenseless victims of air gun attacks.
“It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenceless animals. These are deliberate and brutal acts of cruelty.
“Cats and wildlife are normally the animals that are more susceptible to these incidents simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them. Unfortunately, air rifle attacks are not as rare as we would like. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal.
“We are calling for tighter controls on air weapons. This, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun, and requirements that everyone must receive basic safety training before being allowed to walk out of the shop could help relieve the problem.”
If anyone heard or seen anything in the area on Saturday please get in touch on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.