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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Black swan dies in Barrow vets after being mauled by dogs

TWO dogs attacked and fatally injured a black female swan in Barrow - sparking an investigation by Cumbria police.

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The bird suffered terrible injuries including a hole in its back from a bite mark.

It developed breathing difficulties and died on the operating table of a Barrow vet yesterday.

Bird rescuer Pat Denny said she was told by the couple who initially saved the swan that the dogs were off their leashes.

The bird, which is native to Australia, was well known around Ormsgill reservoir and loved by locals.

Miss Denny said: “The police called me on Sunday at about 3.30pm. They said a man and a lady were in the Tally Ho car park and had an injured swan. It had been attacked by two white bull terriers. They asked me to go and collect the bird. I’m not sure what type of terriers they were.

“The couple had gone to the bird’s rescue when they saw it being attacked. The dogs were both off their leads. It was in a bad way. One of its feet had been chomped and I left it alone as it was so distressed.

“I gave her a painkiller and looked again in the morning. She was breathing with difficulty and as I looked closer I could see there was a hole in her back where she had been bitten and the air was getting into her lungs. I took her to the vets but she died on the operating table.

“The swan had been there about three years. I cried when I saw what had been done to it. It was such a beautiful bird.

“It must have been in total agony.

“Dog walkers need to make sure they are being responsible and not let animals off their leads near wildlife.”

Miss Denny added that another black swan and a cygnet had disappeared recently.

A spokeswoman for the Grove Veterinary Centre, in Rawlinson Street, Barrow, said despite their best efforts the bird died from its injuries.

Barrow police Sergeant Chris Bethell said they wanted to speak to the dogs’ owner and anyone who witnessed what happened.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Barrow police on 101.

Have your say

Pathetic that things like this happen really, caused by little chavs that have nothing in thier lives but a fashion dog. Not the dogs fault but the owners that have them, because it's the only thing that makes them feel tough. Without them they are nothing.

Posted by Jack on 2 January 2014 at 22:19

I think any dog owners that let there dogs loose should be fined and a large find, I have a dog but she is never let off her lead I have an extendable lead and that is enough. but allowing them off the lead allows the dog to mess out of view meaning they don't clean up after their pet, also when these dogs attack the swan this also could have been a child to me these are people that doesn't give a dam. I see lots of people that let their dog off there lead at the beach also disgusting.

Posted by Julie on 2 January 2014 at 17:41

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