Shot jackdaw found in 'horrendous state'

A jackdaw has been fatally shot by someone using an air rifle.

The bird was found in a "horrendous state" in the front garden of a property in the Arundel Drive area of Darlington, County Durham on Sunday.

Its wounds were "severe" and, after being rushed to a vet, it was decided to put the animal to sleep, the RSPCA said.

The charity added Durham Police has been informed about the shooting and is investigating.

The bird was found at about 13:45 BST on 26 May.

Animal rescue officer Krissy Rain said the jackdaw had been taken to Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital by the member of the public who found her, but could not make a recovery.

'Numerous' shootings

“This poor jackdaw was found in a horrendous state after being shot," Ms Rain said.

“The consequences of weapons being used on wildlife is devastating, with severe injuries often leading to death, as in this case.

"Over the past year residents in this area of Darlington have reported numerous birds and cats have been shot with air rifles.

"Some have been killed and others have been seriously injured."

The RSPCA said it tends to see a rise in the number of airgun attacks during the summer months.

Nearly 150 cases of domestic and wild animals being targeted with air weapons were reported to the charity in 2022.

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