Goose dies after being shot with a crossbow in Hornchurch

The goose was found with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his body in Hornchurch Country Park

The goose was found with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his body in Hornchurch Country Park - Credit: Archant

A goose has died after it was shot with a crossbow bolt in Hornchurch Country Park, yesterday.

The goose was found with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his body in Hornchurch Country Park

The goose was found with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his body in Hornchurch Country Park - Credit: Archant

The bird was taken to a wildlife hospital where x-rays revealed the bolt had gone through its pelvis and into the abdomen.

RSCPA Inspector Smith said: “This is a horrible injury and the goose must have been in a lot of pain.”

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is an offence to take, injure or kill a wild bird and punishment can include fines up to £5,000 as well as a prison sentence of up to six months.

The RSCPA said it is not known who carried out this attack or if it was done deliberately.

The goose was found with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his body in Hornchurch Country Park

The goose was found with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his body in Hornchurch Country Park - Credit: Archant

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