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The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation after a pigeon was shot with a nail gun in Glasgow.
The animal welfare charity said the six-inch nail went through the bird’s beak to the other side of its head.
A member of the public found the injured pigeon within a garden on Thane Road in the Knightswood area at around 3.20pm on Monday.
Paula Vallance, Scottish SPCA senior animal rescue officer, said: “The nail had gone right through the pigeon’s beak and out the other side of the bird’s head.
“The only way this could have happened would be for someone to shoot the pigeon with a nail gun.
“This is a horrific incident that would have left the bird in a considerable amount of pain and distress.
“Sadly, the injuries were so severe that the decision was made to put the bird to sleep and end its suffering.”
If you have any information in regards to this incident, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.