West Yorkshire Police are appealing to the public for information after two swans were shot and killed in Leeds.
The swans, a male and a female, were shot on marshland adjacent to Knowsthorpe water treatment works, in Pontefract Lane, between about 21:00 and 21.30 hours on Monday 8th June.
A male was seen shooting a rifle in the area at the time, and officers have released CCTV images to appeal for the public’s help to identify him.
He was with another man and a dog.
Sergeant Dave Lund, West Yorkshire Police Force Wildlife Officer, said:
“This is an appallingly cruel, and unnecessary act, and we are carrying out enquiries to find the person responsible and working with our colleagues from the RSPCA.
“We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the men in the images or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC6564 Summerfield via 101 quoting crime reference 13200287971 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat
Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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