Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre

Swan left fighting for life following dog attack

RSPCA urge dog owners to keep pets under control near wildlife as vets battle to save swan

A swan has been left fighting for his life after he was mauled by a dog in a country park in Leigh, Greater Manchester on Wednesday. (31 August)  

The swan was found in Pennington Flash Country Park with severe wounds on his wings and blood stains on his feathers.

Passers-by who found him called the RSPCA for help and when he was caught he was rushed to a wildlife facility for treatment.

After being transferred to RSPCA Stapeley Grange for specialist care vets set to work operating on the swan to save him. 

Manager at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Lee Stewart said: “This poor swan is in a bad way but we’re hoping he will pull through.

“Our vets have been working hard operating on him and doing all they can to to try to save his life. He has bad injuries to his wings which are consistent with a dog attack.”

Lee added: “Sadly this situation happens all too often and we would really urge dog owners to keep a look out for nearby swans, or any wildlife, when they are out on walks and keep their pets on leads. A bit of extra diligence could save lives.

"Dog owners have a legal responsibility under the Dangerous Dogs Act to keep their dog under control in a public place."

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