Mid Wales

Swan shot 21 times in 'appalling' attack near Hay-on-Wye

Swan x-Swan x-ray Image copyright Dyfed-Powys Police
Image caption An X-ray shows the pellets in the swan's head

Police are investigating after a swan was shot 21 times in the head in Powys.

The injured bird was found by a member of the public at Monks Pond, between Glasbury and Painscastle near Hay-on-Wye, at about 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

It was taken to the vets but, due to the extent of its injuries, had to be put down.

Dyfed-Powys Police believe it was shot with a pellet gun. Sgt Craig Morgan said the treatment of the swan was "absolutely appalling".

He added: "Officers in Hay-on-Wye are carrying out enquiries. I would urge any member of our community who knows who is responsible to please come forward."

Image copyright Dyfed-Powys Police
Image caption The swan is a protected species in the UK and it is a criminal offence to harm one

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