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Animal cruelty in Ross-shire sparks Scottish SPCA appeal after seagull spotted with arrow running through it

By Philip Murray

THE Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a seagull was spotted in Ross-shire with an arrow through its body.

The animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident on Tuesday by a member of the public who spotted the wounded bird on the roof of their house.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Natalie Munro, said: “A member of the public alerted us to the seagull with an arrow which goes right through the body from the tail to its neck.

“The caller reported to have seen the injured bird on their roof. There have been multiple sightings of the bird but as it is still able to fly we have been unable to contain it. We are very concerned for its wellbeing and are keen to treat it as soon as possible to prevent infection and further injury and suffering.

“We are unsure of the circumstances surrounding the arrow but we are keen to find the person or persons responsible.

“Birds, including seagulls, are protected by law and any attempt to injure or kill them is a criminal offence.

“If anyone has any information on how the bird was shot with the arrow or if there are any further sightings, please phone our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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