Nearly 140 animals were shot using airguns in the Midlands last year, new RSPCA figures show.
The animal charity is now calling for the licensing of airguns after they revealed they received 7671 reports of animals being shot in 2018 across England and Wales.
Cats bore the brunt of the shootings with 258 incidents, with pigeons coming second with 112 incidents.
animals shot by airguns in the West Midlands last year
Animals are suffering horrendous injuries and often dying as a result of airgun attacks and these weapons are also potentially extremely dangerous for people.
animals shot by airguns in the East Midlands last year
The RSPCA is repeating its call for airgun licensing now, as incidents rise significantly during summer months, when there are more daylight hours.