Swans Found Killed and Stuffed into Bags on Aberdeen River

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SPCA investigators are looking for the killer of three swans in Aberdeen after mutilated remains were found.

Earlier in February a member of the public found the first swan in the River Dee, near Robert Gordon’s architecture school. The animal had been shot, its flesh removed and then was put into a plastic bag.

On March 3rd police alerted the SPCA after they found two more bags near Morrison’s Bridge which contained a swan each, one had been shot. It is unknown how the third swan died but it too had flesh missing.

Scottish SPCA inspector Watson said “the same person is” likely “responsible for the deaths of all three birds.”
Investigators have reason to believe that the animals had been killed for their meat but according to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 poaching swans is illegal and may result in a criminal investigation.

The SPCA urges anyone with information to call their confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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