REVEALED: Animals SHOT locally last year

REVEALED: Animals SHOT locally last year

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:08pm 18th July 2019.

The RSPCA has released figures for the number of calls they've had about animals being injured by airguns during 2018.

The charity says they received 7,671 reports of animals being shot nationally last year.

18 of them were in Hampshire with 3 in Wiltshire.

RSPCA X-ray Cat shot by Air Gun
The RSPCA's released an X-Ray image of a cat that suffered a airgun pellet shot

WHAT'S BEEN SHOT?

Domestic cats bore the brunt of the attacks, with 258 incidents involving them.

Pigeons were attacked in 112 incidents, with dogs shot 73 times.

Other species suffering included foxes, squirrels, swans and gulls.

air gun (Pixabay)
The wildlife charity's calling for tighter controls on the use of airguns to prevent animals being hurt

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA Chief Inspectorate Officer said:

"Animals are suffering horrendous injuries and often dying as a result of airgun attacks and these weapons are also potentially extremely dangerous for people.

"Every one of the 258 pet cats and 73 dogs deliberately killed or maimed last year by people using air guns represents a devastated family.

"We believe air gun misuse is happening on a large scale and what we see at the RSPCA could be the tip of the iceberg. We believe that stricter controls are long overdue. Mandatory licensing would be an effective start, but we also need improved enforcement of airgun legislation as well as better, more targeted education and explanation of the law for those buying one."

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