A pigeon has died after being shot with an arrow.

Wildlife experts say the bird may have been lured to its death with food or shot in the air.

Vets have described the attack as “unpleasant and sinister”.

The pigeon was found bleeding but alive at the back of Tesco in Brook Road, Lewes, at 5pm on Sunday.

Carrie Grace, founder of Seahaven Bird Rescue, was called to the bird by a member of the public and said the bird had to be put down.

She said: “We are so upset and angry that someone would do this.

“The vets were also shocked. They removed the arrow and we have kept it to pass on to the police.

“I really hope they catch the sick person who did this. It’s horrendous and disgusting.

“You also have to question why a person was walking around with a bow and arrow.”

The Argus:

A spokesman for Grove Lodge Vets in Worthing said: “This was unpleasant and sinister.

Even with the expertise of our highly skilled surgical team it was impossible to do anything for this unfortunate bird except put it to sleep as the arrow had passed completely through its abdomen.

Severe “Removal of the arrow was impossible as the injuries were far too severe.”

Animal rights campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for killing the bird.

PC Pete Hall, wildlife liaison officer, said: “The bird was found in a park usually very busy with families and which is used as a main route into town.

“I would have expected calls fromthe public if they had seen the bird or someone armed with a bow and arrow.

“It could be that the bird had managed to fly some way from where it had been shot.

The Argus:

“What is certain is that seeing this bird suffering was distressing and that this was a particularly cruel act.

“Not only that but whoever shot the bird could have could have put the safety of others at risk.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting serial 1099 of 9/6 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.