Original article from Kent Live
Police were called to Sheerness yesterday morning (August 22) after the remains of dead birds and hedgehogs were found on the roadside.
A birdwatcher tweeted about how she was devastated the find the remains of the animals, which she said included kestrels and magpies.
Officers attended the scene in Harty Ferry Road at 11.50am on Sunday, August 22, and the birds were given to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to be examined.
Kent Police has launched an inquiry into the incident.
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Anyone with information has been urged to call Kent Police on 01795 419119, quoting reference 22-0577.
WARNING: Distressing images below
This comes after it was revealed by the RSPCA that Kent had the second-highest number of reports of intentional harm to wildlife last year.
RSPCA data shows that wild mammals and birds were targeted the most, with Kent also having the most incidents related to air weapons over the last year.
Since the beginning of 2020, the RSPCA have received 371 reports where the caller believed an air gun or rifle had been used to target an animal.
However, it is believed the total number of incidents is substantially higher, as a bullet or pellet is often not discovered until after the RSPCA have intervened.
The total number of cruelty incidents relating to wild mammals was 4,383 and wild birds were persecuted the most at 5,049.
These figures were revealed as part of the RSPCA's summer 'Cancel Out Cruelty' campaign, which highlights the deliberate cruelty animals continue to be subjected to across England and Wales.
The findings have prompted the RSPCA to call for greater regulation linked to the use of air guns – including better education for owners and a thorough explanation of the law.
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