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Cow shot in face with crossbow in 'act of depravity'

A cow has been shot in the face with a crossbow in what police have called an 'act of depravity'.

It happened in the village of Llanfair PG on Anglesey.

Police have slammed the 'shocking' and 'irresponsible' act. Credit: North Wales Police

North Wales Police's rural crime team have recovered the bolt and are carrying out DNA tests to find out who might be responsible.

A spokesperson said: "At what point does a person think: 'I'll shoot a cow in the face with my crossbow today'?

"This person needs catching - and soon."

The cow is recovering well, despite its ordeal.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the 101 number, quoting V100173.

'Huge soar' in calls about animals in hot environments

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RSPCA Cymru says it received 133 calls in June about animals in hot environments in Wales, and is bracing itself for a busy July as temperatures continue to soar across the country.

The new figures suggest that, in Wales, the RSPCA receives more than one call on the issue every five and a half hours.

Across England and Wales, 2,065 calls were received on the issue by the charity over the month – with a majority relating to dogs, often left in cars, caravans or vans on warm days.

Over 2017, to the end of June, 290 calls have been received by the charity on the issue in Wales - meaning 46% of calls came in the month of June alone. Now, RSPCA predict a peak in reports of animals struggling in the heat during the month of July.

Members of the public are urged to call 999 - rather than the RSPCA - if they see a dog in distress in a hot car. The Police will then inform the RSPCA if assistance is required.

Put simply, there are fatal dangers of leaving animals in unsuitable environments, like dogs in warm cars.

Temperatures can soar quickly in a car, caravan, conservatory or outbuilding. If it’s 22 outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47C inside, which can have disastrous consequences for animals.

– Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA superintendent

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Hen harrier numbers down in Wales

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An RSPB survey says the number of breeding pairs of Hen harriers has fallen by almost a half. In 2012 there were 57 pairs but by last year the number had fallen to 35.

Hen harriers are the most threatened birds of prey in the UK due to illegal killings and destruction of heather moorland and forestry, their natural habitat.

The latest figures back up a continued trend that we have seen for more than a decade - hen harrier numbers are on the decline throughout the UK.

The illegal killing of this bird of prey is a significant factor behind the diminishing numbers and a large barrier stopping their recovery.

Without purposeful action from all, including governments across the UK and the shooting industry, we may see hen harriers once again lost from more parts of the country

– Martin Harper, RSPB conservation officer
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