ARMED louts have shot dead a number of swans in a Doncaster village.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation to catch those responsible for the shootings and is appealing for help to catch the killers.
In the latest incident a swan was found dead near Stainforth Moor Road in Hatfield Woodhouse on Sunday with a bullet hole through its neck.
An RSPCA spokesman, said: “Incidents like this are a massive concern to us.
“Unfortunately this is not the first case where this has happened and it will not be the last.
“We would urge people to report any findings like this straight away and any witnesses to this sort of behaviour, must report what they see. We really rely on people to tell us about any cases they come across.
“Attacks like this are awful on poor defenceless animals, and the people responsible deserve to be punished
“If we find the people responsible for this behaviour, they will be prosecuted.
“The courts punish heavily and have proven this in the past.”
Residents in the area have said at least three other swans and a deer have been shot dead in the last few weeks.
The shootings come after a group of volunteers cleaning up the lake at Lakeside discovered three dead swans.
Prior to the discovery last month people were seen throwing stones at the birds.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call the RSPCA cruelty 0300 1234 999.