A SWAN has died following a suspected dog attack which left him with severe injuries.

The swan was found in a collapsed state with a deep injury to its chest near Gwynfryn Avenue, Rhyl.

Will Galvin, RSPCA animal collection officer, said when he arrived at the scene he could immediately see the swan - an adult - had been badly injured.

Mr Galvin added: “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.


The swan was left severely wounded. Picture: RSPCA Cymru

“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.”

RSPCA Cymru was notified about the incident on Monday, January 7.

Swans, their nests and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.