Essex is one of the worst places in the country for airgun attacks on animals.
The RSPCA says almost 150 animals have been killed or suffered serious injuries in the last five years in the county.
The number of calls to the RSPCA reporting airgun attacks on animals is set to reach a five-year high.
The charity is calling for stricter regulations around the use of airguns.
The top 10 counties/areas across England by total airgun attack calls received between 2012 and June 2017:
- 1. Greater London = 284
- 2. West Midlands = 257
- 3. Greater Manchester = 250
- 4. Kent = 192
- 5. South Yorkshire = 181
- 6. West Yorkshire = 178
- 7. Lancashire = 168
- 8. Essex = 143
- 8. Merseyside = 143
- 10. Nottinghamshire = 140
The charity says July and Augustare typically some of the busiest months for RSPCA inspectors investigating incidents of animals shot by people using airguns.
People caught deliberately using an airgun to injure an animal couldsix months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.