The RSCPA are calling for licensing of air guns as new figures revealed they received 7,671 reports of animals being shot.
82 of these reports coming from Yorkshire & The Humber alone.
The RSPCA’s records also showed that pet cats bore the brunt of the shootings with 258 incidents in 2018 with pigeons coming second with 112 incidents.
South Yorkshire was in the top five for recorded incidents of animals being shot by air guns last year.
The RSPCA is repeating its call now as incidents rise during summer months, when there are more daylight hours.
As well as mandatory licensing, the RSPCA is calling for a range of measures to tackle the problem of air guns.