Reward of £500 for tracing seagull shooters

Seagull shot. Pictured from Wadars.

Seagull shot. Pictured from Wadars.

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A REWARD of £500 has been offered to anyone who can help police convict those responsible for shooting two seagulls.

Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service (Wadars) was called out to Broadwater and Worthing town centre to rescue two adult herring gulls which had been shot by an air rifle.

The gulls survived after being taken to Grove Lodge Veterinary Hospital, in Upper Brighton Road, for treatment and will now be transferred to the RSPCA centre at Mallydams, where they will be nursed back to full health.

Senior animal rescue officer Billy Elliott said: “This is a particularly horrible incident involving two adult birds which may well have had chicks.

“Any chicks they may have had will not survive without the help of their parents.

“The public should realise that herring gulls are a protected species and it is illegal to harm them in any way.

“Not only is it very cruel to shoot any bird with an air rifle, it is also a criminal offence.

“Air rifles are often used to shoot at birds and they cause untold suffering. We are hoping that witnesses will come forward to help us catch the person who did this, so we can stop them inflicting such cruelty in the future.”

Wadars is offering a £500 reward to anyone with information about this incident, which happened last week, that leads police to a successful conviction.