RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following a suspected dog attack on a swan in Rhyl.
The swan was found in a collapsed state with a deep injury to its chest near Gwynfryn Avenue, with the RSPCA being notified on Monday (7 January).
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Will Galvin said when he arrived at the scene he could immediately see the swan – an adult – had been badly injured.
ACO Galvin said: “I took the swan to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre where the vet examined the injury which must have been causing a considerable amount of pain to the swan.
“Following an examination the vet said the injury was possibly caused by a dog attack. Sadly he was suffering and could not be saved, so a decision was made to put him to sleep.
“This terrible incident could have been avoided had the dog owner been responsible and kept their pet 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.”
Swans, their nests and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Anyone with information is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru complete with investigations like this, you can donate online.