RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a gull was shot dead in Barry.
Tragically the gull fell to the floor dead from the roof it had been standing on at Plymouth Road. The person who witnessed the bird fall then rang the RSPCA. The police were also informed as gunshots were heard.
RSPCA inspector Emma Smith said: “This incident took place at around 6pm on Friday (13 April). The gull was seen falling to the ground and gunshots were heard.
“The gull was taken to a vets to be examined and there was one large puncture wound found. There was no bullet found following an x-ray.
“Following this examination it has been suggested a high calibre gun may have been used.
“We’re appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident or similar incidents to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
It is an offence to injure or kill a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (except under licence) and offenders can face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
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.