Pigeon shot through beak with nail gun in ‘horrific’ attack

The bird was found alive but had to be put down, as it was in a ‘considerable amount of pain’

Pigeon shot through beak with nail gun in ‘horrific’ attack (Photo: Shutterstock)

A pigeon had to be put down after someone shot it through the head with a nail gun.

The pigeon was found with a six-inch nail protruding through its beak, which rescuers said could only have happened as a result of it being shot with a nail gun.

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The pigeon was found in a garden by a member of the public, but had to be put to sleep due to the severity of its injuries (Photo: Scottish SCPA)

The decision was made to end the bird’s suffering due to the severity of its injuries.

A member of the public found the bird at around 3pm in a garden on Thane Road, in Knightswood, Glasgow, and called the Scottish SPCA to see if they could help.

The charity are now appealing for information, after rescuers were unable to save the bird, and it was later put down.

‘A considerable amount of pain and distress’

Scottish SPCA senior animal rescue officer Paula Vallance 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.”

The Scottish SCPA is appealing for information relating to this horrific attack.

It said: “If anyone has any information on this incident we would ask that they contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”