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Investigation launched after duck shot with crossbow near canal

Bird was taken to local vet but later put to sleep

Matt Mathers
Tuesday 30 June 2020 17:57 BST
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Duck was found near a canal in Falkirk, Scotland
Duck was found near a canal in Falkirk, Scotland (SPCA)

The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation after a duck was shot with a crossbow near a canal in Scotland.

A member of the public found the bird with an arrow through its body on the canal alongside the B816 in Bonnybridge, near Falkirk, on Saturday.

They said the animal had been “dragging itself in and out of the water” in significant distress. It was taken to a local vet but has since been put to sleep due to its “extensive” injuries.

The Scottish SPCA is now appealing for more information about the incident. Inspector Andrew Gray said: “A passer-by alerted us to the duck, which was in considerable distress and dragging itself in and out of the water as it was unable to walk.

“The duck was rushed to a local vet to be examined but sadly the bird’s injuries were too extensive and the difficult decision was made to put it to sleep.

A member of the public found the bird on Saturday and reported the incident to SPCA (SPCA)

“We are unsure of the circumstances surrounding the arrow but we are keen to find the person or persons responsible. Birds, including ducks, are protected by law and any attempt to injure or kill them is a criminal offence.

“We are working closely with our colleagues at Police Scotland on this case to try and determine what happened.”

Constable Laura Robertson, Forth Valley wildlife officer, said: “Inquiries are ongoing and we are asking anyone with information to contact the Scottish SPCA or to call police on 101, quoting reference number 2684 of June 27.

“This was a completely reckless and inconsiderate act on a defenceless animal, and we are urging members of the public with information in connection to come forward.”

Calls can also be made confidentially to the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999

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