Swan is put to sleep following dog attack at Milton Common

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THE RSPCA is urging dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead after a male swan was put to sleep following an attack.

As previously reported, the cob was left seriously injured by a dog which entered Swan Lake, at Milton Common, Portsmouth, on July 5.

Though an animal collection officer from Stubbington Ark animal shelter took the animal to a vet, it had to be put down.

Residents who enjoy walking around the lake say dog walkers are ignoring signs which say they need to keep their pets under control.

A temporary fence was put up after the incident in a bid to prevent future attacks, but it has been taken down because animals have ended up on the wrong side of it.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: ‘We are very sad to hear this swan met such an unpleasant and unnecessary death.

‘It must have been very distressing for the members of the public who witnessed the incident.

‘We would remind all dog owners that it is their responsibility to keep their dogs on a lead whenever they are near wildlife and or farm animals. It does not take much effort to take such care, and could save a life.’