The RSPCA has issued a warning after two dogs attacked a female swan as she was trying to protect her five cygnets.
The incident happened at Park Farm marina in Davenham, near Northwich, and a witness immediately reported the matter to the police and the RSPCA.
RSPCA Inspector Nadine Pengilly said two large dogs, possibly Newfoundlands, were seen to chase and attack the swan at around 5.30pm on Monday evening
She went to rescue the injured swan who was bleeding from a deep and gaping wound in the side of her body and rushed her to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich.
But sadly a vet decided her injuries were too severe and she had to be put to sleep to end her suffering.
Nadine said she was left especially upset as she knew the swan had a partner and five cygnets in a nest and is now worried about their future.
She said: “This terrible incident could have been avoided had the dog owner been responsible and kept their pets on a lead.
“We ask that dog owners be aware that there may be wild animals present in the area when walking their dog and to keep their dog under control at all times.
“Sadly we are called to many cases when swans have been killed in dog attacks.”
Nadine is now appealing for anyone with information about who the dogs belonged to to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
Dog owners have a legal responsibility under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to keep their dog under control in a public place.
For more information about responsible dog walking in the countryside, please visit the RSPCA’s website:
Swans, their nests and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
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