The RSPCA is now investigating what appears to be the deliberate shooting of a seagull as it flew over Summerland Crescent Penarth on Sunday June 10th.
In mid-flight, the bird’s wing was snapped by the airgun pellet and it plummeted down into the back garden of a local house
The householder contact the RSCPA who collected the seagull but found that “the extent of the gull’s injuries meant the bird had to be put to sleep to avoid further suffering.” An air rifle pellet was retrieved from inside the cavity of the gull’s chest.
Now RSPCA Cymru is calling on anyone who may have witnessed the attack or have any other information, to get in touch with them to assist their enquiries.
Gemma Black, RSPCA inspector, said: “We received reports after a local resident on Summerland Crescent in Llandough heard three loud bangs, before a gull crashed down into the garden. We fear this was a deliberate attack – and the gull’s injuries were so severe that the poor thing had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.”
Although seagulls are a protected species – which it’s illegal to shoot – many householders are fed up with having to endure the early morning calls of the birds, the excrement they deposit on windows and cars, and the litter created by gulls that go foraging in rubbish bags.
The birds are also known to threaten humans during the nesting season by flying low over people they perceive to be coming too close to them and can deliver painful pecks with their sharp beaks . Some Penarth postmen have had to fend them off whilst delivering letters to properties unfortunate enough to have seagulls nesting on the roof .
The RSPCA is asking any witnesses to the Llandough shooting to call them on0300 123 8018.