Airgun attacks reported to RSPCA rise in Wiltshire

air gun (Pixabay)

5:45am 12th October 2017

There's been a big rise in air gun incidents involving animals in Wiltshire.

There have been 13 so far this year compared to just 3 in the whole of 2016.

In May, a pregnant cat died after being shot with an air rifle on Bemerton Heath in Salisbury whilst another cat suffered horrific injuries in an incident near Victoria Park in August.

You can read more on those stories here www.spirefm.co.uk and at www.spirefm.co.uk

The stats released by the RSPCA show in the last four and half years there were 47 incidents reported to the charity in Wiltshire and 113 in Hampshire.

In England between 1st January 2012 and 30th June there were 4,828 cases with wild birds and cats by far the greatest targets.

The animal welfare charity has welcomed the government's announcement it's to review air gun licensing

That review is in reponse to a coroner after a 13 year old boy from Suffold died last May after being accidentally shot whilst playing with friends.

It will focus on whether the controls are still "appropriate and effective".

The RSPCA says it hopes any future regulations will better protect people, children and animals.

David Bowles from the charity wants to see change:

"The RSPCA has long been calling for stricter regulations around owning airguns as well as better education and explanation of the law for those buying an airgun. Our 24-hour cruelty hotline receives hundreds of calls every year reporting airgun attacks on animals. Last year, we received 890 calls and this year looks set to top that and, worryingly, reach a five-year high.

"Animals can suffer horrendous injuries and often die as a result of airgun attacks and these weapons are potentially extremely dangerous for people as well."

24 HOUR CRUELTY LINE:

You can call the charity on 0300 1234 999 to report cruelty or an animal in distress. The call will cost the same as any call to a UK landline number.

Suggested articles
Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children)

Christmas Jumper Day arrives in South Wiltshire

Schools and even Salisbury Cathedral are getting involved in the day to raise money for Save the Children.

School children exams (SXC)

More Wiltshire 11 year olds meeting standard in reading, writing and maths

59% of children who took this year's SATs test reached the required standards but how did your child's school fare?

Most read
Riley Missing Persons

MISSING CHILD: 9yr old boy from Salisbury

Urgent appeal to find Riley Harkins who vanished from Alderbury around 1.00pm today (8th Dec).

A338 smash 11th Dec ( Fordy Fire)

Teenager and young man seriously injured in A338 crash at Breamore

Fire-fighters had to cut the roof off the vehicle to rescue the pair following the crash last night (11 December)

Newer article

New Forest west area hardest hit by dementia

Local News: Two new interactive maps have revealed that this side of the New Forest has double the country's average of dementia sufferers.

Older article

Salisbury man jailed for stealing handbag from sleeping woman

Local News: 25 year old broke into her home, stole her handbag and then used her bank cards

Top articles

Lorry ends up in a ditch after A303 crash

Local News: Two lorries collided on the eastbound stretch near Chicklade this morning (Dec 15th).

Family 'heartbroken' after Salford house fire that killed four children

National: The family of four children who died after a suspected arson attack on their home in Salford say they have been left "heartbroken" by their deaths.

Quantico star Priyanka Chopra could be Meghan Markle's bridesmaid

Showbiz: A Bollywood actress who apparently never reads her emails could be one of the bridesmaids to accompany Meghan Markle when she weds next May.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal players have been left psychologically scarred by Manchester United loss

Sport: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal's recent 3-1 loss to Manchester United has been playing on the minds of his players.

Fashion brands Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo to stop using fur

World: Global fashion brand Michael Kors, which also owns Jimmy Choo, says it is to end its use of fur.

Become a Spire FM VIP

Log inSign up

Waiting for next track...:

 

 

Latest News

Fashion brands Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo to stop using fur

Friday 15th December, 2017

Global fashion brand Michael Kors, which also owns Jimmy Choo, says it is to end its use of fur.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal players have been left psychologically scarred by Manchester United loss

Friday 15th December, 2017

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal's recent 3-1 loss to Manchester United has been playing on the minds of his players.

Family 'heartbroken' after Salford house fire that killed four children

Friday 15th December, 2017

The family of four children who died after a suspected arson attack on their home in Salford say they have been left "heartbroken" by their deaths.

Quantico star Priyanka Chopra could be Meghan Markle's bridesmaid

Friday 15th December, 2017

A Bollywood actress who apparently never reads her emails could be one of the bridesmaids to accompany Meghan Markle when she weds next May.

Lorry ends up in a ditch after A303 crash

Friday 15th December, 2017

Two lorries collided on the eastbound stretch near Chicklade this morning (Dec 15th).

More news...

Quick Poll

Favourite Christmas Song
9.9%
12.9%
7.7%
14.8%
51.1%
3.6%

© Copyright 2017 Spire FM, A UKRD group company