Swans attacked by the river
A desperate appeal is made to dog owners to keep their animals under control by the riverside following two serious swan attacks that left one bird dead and another seriously injured.
The first attack took place on Saturday May 8 at the riverside recreation grounds and resulted in the bird being euthanized due to its horrific injuries.
A second swan was found injured the next day in the same area and is being treated as a suspected dog attack.
The bird sustained significant injuries.
The incidents have reignited calls for dog owners to keep their animals under control by the river.
Cyril Bennis of Stratford Swan Rescue said: âThe second swan is being treated, but not well enough for an x-ray yet, but is suspected to have been attacked by a dog.
âThe injuries of the first swan were horrible, I never saw such injuries, it was beyond recognition.
âPeople worry about confronting irresponsible dog owners out there, they can often be offensive and don’t admit their dog might do something like this, I have experienced this threatening behavior myself. Most dog owners are very responsible, they keep their pets under control, but there are some who never seem to learn.
âI know there are signs out there to get the message out to dog owners, but they’re really a waste of time, they’re just being ignored. Ultimately it is not the responsibility of the district council, they cannot be there 24/7, it is the owners responsibility to keep their dogs under control and s ‘they can’t do it, they shouldn’t do it. the knowledge.”
It has been a difficult year for the Stratford swans with bird flu hitting the river in 2020 resulting in a number of deaths.
Last year, another swan also had to be shot after being shot down by a catapult.
Unfortunately the problem of swan attacks is not confined to Stratford, the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team is also highlighting the problem elsewhere in the county, following an incident at Bubbenhall Meadow.
Police are working with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to help protect the birds and urge residents to be courteous and keep their dogs on a leash.