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Duck shot with arrow

Duck shot with arrow.
Duck shot with arrow. Credit: RSPCA.

 

Duck shot with arrow

The Department of Parks Wildlife (DPaW) is appealing for public information following a cruel attack on a native duck that was shot with an arrow in Albany last week.

On Thursday 22 August, an adult wood duck, also referred to as a maned goose, was found on Opal Street in Little Grove with a large target arrow through its body. The injured bird was brought to a local veterinary hospital and was subsequently euthanased due to severe internal injuries.

DPaW regional nature conservation leader Deon Utber said the attack was being investigated by DPaW, with assistance from the RSPCA.

“Using harmless animals like ducks for target practice is something that is not only illegal, it is completely inhumane and it is sad to think that someone could do this,” he said.

RSPCA CEO David van Ooran said other shooting incidents in Western Australia reported this year included a horse shot with a shotgun in Anketell, a kangaroo that had to be euthanased after being shot with an arrow, a dog shot through the paw with an arrow and two pelicans shot with arrows in Mandurah.

“This is the fifth such incident of an animal being shot with a weapon we have seen this year,” he said.

“We are appealing for people with any information to come forward and report this senseless act against a defenceless animal.”

Penalties for animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 carry a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and five years’ imprisonment.

Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to contact DPaW’s Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055, or RSPCA’s cruelty hotline 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).

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Last modified on Monday, 26 August 2013 11:43