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Call for more action to control air guns

The RSPCA has called for the licensing of air guns, as it released new figures showing that it received almost 800 reports of animals being shot in 2018.

Pet cats were the most common species to be shot, with 258 incidents involving them, while pigeons came in second with 112 incidents. Dogs accounted for 73 of the 767 incidents.

The five counties recording the highest incidents of animals being shot by air guns last year were (in order from greatest) Greater London, Greater Manchester, Kent, West Midlands and South Yorkshire, according to the RSPCA’s data.

RSPCA chief inspectorate officer Dermot Murphy said: ‘We believe air gun misuse is happening on a large scale and what we see at the RSPCA could be the tip of the iceberg. We believe that stricter controls are long overdue. Mandatory licensing would be an effective start, but we also need improved enforcement of air gun legislation …

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