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Nearly 140 animals were shot using airguns in the Midlands last year

Credit: RSPCA

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.

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animals shot by airguns in the West Midlands last year
Credit: RSPCA

Animals are suffering horrendous injuries and often dying as a result of airgun attacks and these weapons are also potentially extremely dangerous for people.

Every one of the 258 pet cats and 73 dogs deliberately killed or maimed last year by people using airguns represents a devastated family.

And the cruelty continues, with large numbers of wild mammals and birds, including foxes, squirrels, swans, gulls and pigeons targeted as well.

– Dermot Murphy, RSPCA Chief Inspectorate Officer
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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.

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