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Swan killed with crossbow, police investigating

The images were posted on a wildlife rescue group on Facebook Credit: Facebook/Debbie Doolittle Wild Life

A swan has been killed in what appears to be a crossbow attack close to Antrim Forum.

On Monday night, upon receiving a call, police and a vet went to the scene and attempted to save the bird, but it had moved into open water and could not be retrieved.

A post on Facebook page Debbie Doolittle's Wild Life confirmed the swan had been found dead on the Loughshore bank.

police have the swan and the crossbow bolt which has been examined as part of the investigation Credit: Pacemaker

Antrim police have appealed for information.

Local Alliance councillor Neil Kelly said he is "appalled" by the incident.

“It is disgusting someone would apparently attack a defenceless animal and in such a way," he said.

“The seeming use of such a serious weapon as a crossbow lends this incident an even more sinister edge. This vile brutality towards animals should have no place in a decent society and it’s difficult to comprehend the mind of someone who would willingly partake in such behaviour."

He encouraged anyone with information to contact police.

Animals returned safely to Ballymena pet shop

Credit: UTV

Police have returned stolen animals, including a much-loved African grey parrot called Barney to the owners of a Ballymena pet shop.

Owner Marion McAuley told UTV her family had been heartbroken by the theft of the rare bird, which he been in the store for a decade.

They believe the parrot, along with a python and other exotic creatures had been stolen to order, during the break-in at Ladysmith Pet Supplies at the weekend.

The animals were recovered after a search at a house in the Lanntara area of the Co Antrim town on Thursday morning.

Police say information shared by the public, through social media, helped investigators to track down the animals.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods and Chief Inspector Simon Ball says officers will continue their efforts to ensure all those involved in the crime are convicted.

He has appealed to any witnesses or anyone with information that could be beneficial to the investigation to contact police on the number 101, quoting reference number 213 for 4/12/17.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous.


Councils consider dog mugshots to shame owners over fouling

Councils in Northern Ireland are considering circulating doggy mugshots to shame pet owners who are not cleaning up after their pooches.

The pictures will be based on the DNA profiles from dog poo not picked up in public places.

Some pet owners in Belfast have been giving their opinion.