A Scottish animal welfare charity is urging people to keep control of their pets after a dog attacked yet another swan, consequently killing the animal. It is recommended dogs be kept on leads in areas where wildlife is abundant.
By, 9 Jun 2019
The Scottish SPCA recently reported a rise in the number of cases where a swan has been attacked, injured, or euthanised following a dog attack.
The latest incident took place in Victoria Park, Southside, Glasgow.
A concerning rise in the number of attacks
A passerby called the authorities after discovering the swan at Straiton Pond. Chief Inspector Paul Anderson said:
"A concerned member of the public saw the bird had injuries consistent with a dog attack. He was also unable to walk on his right leg. The caller was worried the swan was out of the water and sitting in an area popular with people and dogs and was making no effort to protect his mate.”
"Despite a number of attempts by our animal rescue officers, they were unable to contain the swan. After securing a boat to aid our efforts, we managed to catch him."
Rescuers transported the swan to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre. After a full examination, vets confirmed that the injuries were most likely the result of a dog attack.
The team did their best to save the animal, but its injuries were far too severe. A spokesperson from the rescue centre said:
"This wound and condition were deemed untreatable, and in the interests of the bird’s welfare, the difficult decision was made to put him to sleep. This condition meant he wouldn’t have been able to survive in the wild as he wouldn’t have been able to get in and out of the water, fly and evade danger."
Do what you can to keep swans safe
Anyone with information about the attack should contact the SSPCA helpline on 03000 999 999. All calls are anonymous.
In the meantime, keep your dog on a leash if they tend to get overexcited or aggressive around wildlife.