POLICE and the RSPCA have launched an investigation after two swans were shot dead in Berkswell with an air rifle.
The attack, which happened on Saturday, November 10, has been described by officers leading the investigation as ‘ridiculously cruel’.
It is believed the male and female birds, who were regular visitors to a private lake on a farm in Hodgetts Lane, were killed by someone using the public footpath running adjacent to the field.
PC Andy Timmins, wildlife crime officer, who is leading the investigation, told the Solihull News he believes someone may have witnessed the incident.
“The landowner fed the swans around 7.30am and we believe the attack happened between then and midday. At this time of day, it would have been fairly busy with people.
“We are relying on witnesses to come forward. Anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously, possibly carrying a rifle bag over their shoulder and looking towards the lake.
“This appears to have been a ridiculously cruel and random attack and we so far have no explanation as to why this has happened.”
The birds were shot in the back of the head by what is believed to have been a 2:2 air rifle.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Nicky Foster added: “This is a really sad incident and I cannot understand why someone would want to deliberately kill such wonderful birds. I find it really upsetting to think that someone has just taken a shot at these swans for fun.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.