The Scottish SPCA is urging people to be keep dogs under control after recent attacks.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity has been alerted to a number of incidents where a swan has been injured, killed or put to sleep due to a dog attack, including at Straiton Pond Nature Reserve and at Victoria Park in Glasgow.
Speaking about the Midlothian incident, Scottish SPCA chief inspector Paul Anderson said: “The swan was immediately taken to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre and vets concluded the wing injury had been caused by a dog bite. This wound and condition was deemed untreatable and in the interests of the bird’s welfare, the difficult decision was made to put him to sleep. This is a stark reminder to dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead around swans, and all wildlife, at all times.”