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RSPCA appeal after swan is shot

The RSPCA has condemned an attack in which a swan died by being shot out of the sky in Leicestershire.

It is thought the swan was hit in the stomach with a shotgun pellet as it flew over a field near Welford Road in Wigston on Monday.

Inspector Sheona Morely said: "It was a brazen and thoughtless attack and we cannot stress strongly enough how much pain and distress these attacks cause."

The offender could face up to six months in jail or a 20,000 fine.

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