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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after three swans were found dead inside bags in the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
We were alerted by a member of the public who spotted a bag near the Robert Gordons School of Architecture on 25 February.
On 3 March, Police Scotland contacted us after they had been called to two further bags which were found approximately 100 metres from Morrison’s Bridge.
Upon examination, each bag contained a swan, two of which had been shot. Two of the bodies had flesh missing.
Inspector Watson said, “These three swans were found dead in a close proximity to each other.
“Due to the circumstances, we believe that the same person is responsible for the deaths of all three birds. We would like to find out who this is and the reason the swans ended up in this state.
“Two had gunshot wounds and two had flesh missing which may have been used for meat.
“If anyone in the area has any information, we would urge you to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”
Swans are a protected bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and anyone found guilty of harming or killing a swan can expect to be subject to a criminal investigation.