Animal welfare officers say a goose that was found with an arrow pierced through its body in Poolsbrook Park, Staveley, has had to be put down.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA charity said: “We were contacted on Saturday after a goose was seen by a member of the public with an arrow in his body at Poolsbrook Park, in Staveley.
“An officer attended and took the goose, which had a wing injury, to a vet. Sadly, the bird’s injury, which was consistent with being shot with an arrow, was so severe that he was put to sleep by the vet to prevent further suffering.
“We were also made aware of a second goose which had also been shot. Our officer could not find this goose while at the park, however the park rangers assured our officer that they have found the bird and thankfully he was not injured as the arrow had only gone through his feathers.
“They passed the arrow to our officer, as well as a second arrow which was found near the goose which was badly injured.
“We are concerned that someone has purposely targeted the geese like this and we are urging anyone who has any information to contact us on 0300 123 8018.”