Goose shot in head

PUBLISHED: 12:37 22 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

This goose had to be put down after being shot in the head

This goose had to be put down after being shot in the head

THIS shocking picture proves the depth of cruelty some people will sink to. The wild white ebden goose had been shot in the head. He was discovered at Stanborough Lakes, WGC, at about 7.30am on Tuesday. Despite a valiant bid to save him the bird had to be

THIS shocking picture proves the depth of cruelty some people will sink to.

The wild white ebden goose had been shot in the head.

He was discovered at Stanborough Lakes, WGC, at about 7.30am on Tuesday.

Despite a valiant bid to save him the bird had to be put down.

RSPCA animal collection officer Kate Cornell had spent more than two hours retrieving him from the water.

His head was covered in blood. He was still alive but proved difficult to catch.

She took the bird to a vet, who discovered that an air weapon pellet had shattered the ear canal.

Despite attempts to remove the bullet, the vets decided the goose would never recover and it was put to sleep to alleviate his suffering.

Kate said of the vicious attack: "This goose would have suffered a huge amount of pain and distress.

"It is about time that people stopped breaking the law by using animals and birds as targets for air weapons."

The RSPCA is also monitoring another goose on the lake which has a lump and blood on its head and may also have fallen victim to an air weapon attack.

In 2007, the RSPCA east region received 45 calls about wild birds shot - however, many attacks are thought to go undiscovered or unreported.

Anyone found guilty of injuring or killing a wild bird could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £5,000 fine under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

In addition, anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

* Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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