Animal cruelty in the city

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Via the Daily Post:

Swan shot with crossbow

Nov 14 2007 by Liza Williams, Liverpool Daily Post

A SWAN has been hit by a crossbow, a cat dumped on an island, and a heron killed by a fishing line in just three days of animal tragedy in Liverpool.

A call to the RSPCA’s cruelty phone line alerted them to the plight of the swan which was found in Stanley Park, Liverpool, with an arrow through its back.

Last night the bird was fighting to survive after being taken to a veterinary surgery for urgent treatment.

RSPCA inspector Claire Cain said last night: “The poor thing is not looking good. It has got the arrow through its back but it took us a while to catch it before we could take it to the vets. It is such a cruel thing to do to a beautiful animal.”

On Sunday, a member of the public alerted the society to a cat seen on an island in a pond, in Walton Hall Park.

An RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) laid a trap for it, and returned the following day to retrieve it.

ACO Derek Hampson said: “The poor thing was absolutely scared to death when we picked him up, but thankfully it only took him about five minutes to come round. He’s healthy, which is obviously very good news, and has a really nice character.”

The short-haired animal is described as black and white and estimated to be about seven months old. He’s being given some TLC at a local veterinary clinic, before being taken to an RSPCA animal centre for re-homing.”

Ms Cain and fellow inspector Louise Showering are investigating the incident.

“He couldn’t have got onto the island on his own. We had to get a boat out there to rescue him,” added Ms Cain.

“We want to hear from anyone who thinks they might have seen anything suspicious over the past week, and of course anyone who recognises the cat.”

During the same visit, staff found a dead heron, with fishing line around its neck. Local people have said they saw it at the weekend, alive and well.

“There was a couple of metres of line wrapped around the bird, and metres and metres more in the water. We found four hooks with line still attached in the trees nearby,” said Mr Hampson.

Anyone with any information about any of the incidents should contact the 24-hour control centre on 0300 1234 999.

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