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Second swan 'attacked by dogs' in Cornwall

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8:18am 21st May 2017

There are claims another swan has been attacked by dogs in Perranporth.

Pirate FM told you how the famous 'Mrs Swan' had to be put down, after an animal attack.

The RSPCA launched an appeal for clues, amid fears she was targeted by a dog.

Now locals have told Pirate FM they watched a male swan set on at the seafront.

On Saturday, Ellen said: "Today at Perranporth seafront, Mr Swan was first chased by a lonely brown dog which was stopped by a couple of spectators and then the owners. Not more than 10 minutes later, Mr Swan was then attacked by three Cocker Spaniels. It was a horrendous attack.

"Numerous members of the public tried to scare the dogs off but because the swan was trying to get away, they continued to escape from the people holding them and attack the swan again.

"People sitting on the benches saw everything that was happening but were unable to go and assist as they were too far away.

"Eventually the dogs were brought under control and two owners claimed them; one was going to the Watering Hole to report the attack.

"As the swan was coming back blood was seen coming down its right leg from under its right wing.

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"My husband went and spoke to the attendants to the car park if they knew who to call but he was unable to get any phone numbers. He then went to the cafe by the car park and two members of staff came out and took photos of the dogs and their owners.

"If a dog attacks sheep they are shot by farmers. Swans are a protected bird - why is there not some law concerning these forms of attacks?

"First the female is put down due to an attack and the six cygnets die due to losing a parent - and now the male is attacked".

Locals in Perranporth say 'Mrs Swan' was regularly spotted around the town with her partner.

She was also seen on many occasions with her cygnets, and was said to stop traffic as people let her cross the road.

However, an apparent attack meant local vets had to put her down last weekend, after she failed to respond to antibiotics.

RSPCA Inspector Jon Phipps is urging owners to keep dogs on leads and said: "Her injuries are thought to have been caused by a dog so we are appealing to people to keep their dogs on a lead when wildlife is nearby.

"Legally dog owners should have charge and control of their animals in a public place and we are asking dog owners to try to prevent tragedies like this one happening again.

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"Sadly she had to be put to sleep because of the severity of her injuries on Sunday. We'd tried all we could to save her thanks to the nearby vet and the veterinary team who treated her around the clock as she sat on her eggs near the lake but sadly she was too injured to survive.

"It's heartbreaking. She was 19-years-old and was a well-known character in Perranporth as she could often be seen leading her cygnets through the town to the beach and back to the boating lake.

"Her first brood of eggs this year were destroyed and now this has happened when she was sitting on her second lot.

"Her partner has also been left without a mate after all these years together. While it is generally thought that swans mate for life, they can find new partners should their previous partner die so we won't be introducing another female swan to the boating lake.

"The male swan hasn't flown for a long time but we expect that he will fly off in the future to hopefully find another partner".

Mrs Swan was so famous she even hit the national news for her unusual jaunts with her trail of cygnets, after she was spotted using a zebra crossing to get to the other side of the road in the popular holiday resort.

8:18am 21st May 2017

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