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RSPCA highlights air-gun attacks.

THE RSPCA in the West Midlands is calling for a crackdown on air-gun attacks on animals.

Last year in the region it received 90 calls about air-gun incidents. Of those, 37 involved injured wild birds and 33 concerned shot cats.

From May to August there were 55 calls, backing up the theory that incidents rise dramatically during school holidays and lighter evenings As well as cats, wild and water birds, which are the most common victims of air-gun attacks, wild mammals and dogs are also being targeted.

Martyn Hubbard, regional superintendent of the RSPCA said: "Mindless air-gun attacks on pets and wildlife are a serious problem.

"Our figures only provide a snapshot of this issue, as many more animals are suffering needless pain and death that we are unaware of, as they crawl away to die in agony from their injuries."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 20, 2007
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