Plymouth's tame swans attacked by pitbull-type dog
RESIDENTS spoke of their horror after Stonehouse’s much-loved family of swans were attacked by a dog.
Witnesses said the swans Girly and Boyo were seen to have blood on their necks after a dog described as a pitbull attacked them.
The incident happened at about 7.30pm yesterday in the small park at the end of Durnford Street in Stonehouse.
The four cygnets, which The Herald reported on last week, were said to be unscathed.
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Police were called to the scene as a crowd of worried onlookers gathered. Resident Jonathan Gatward, who lives in overlooking Evolution Cove, said: “My wife saw it happen. The dog got hold of both swans. Both have blood on their necks. I think they are OK, but obviously very shocked.
“It’s such a shame. They are very much loved and part of the community. We’ve not been here very long and it’s lovely to have them here and it brings people together.
“They stay in the park all day now, and all of us go down and check on them.”
Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The four cygnets were protected by a member of the public, but the swans were quite savagely attacked by the dog. One of the swans looked quite badly injured. It had a large cut on its head, it’s not a pretty sight at all.”
The 26-year-old added: “I think all the residents have taken them to heart and everyone looks out and watches over them. It’s the first year they have settled in the park and everyone has been quite respectful of them.”
Plympton couple Mary-Ann and Ian Morse have been visiting the swans and their four-week-old cygnets three times a day for the last eight years. Mr and Mrs Morse visit the two birds and their babies three times a day, once in the morning between 5am and 7am, once after work at 5pm and then again before bed at around 11pm.
Although Boyo and Girly used to spend most of their time by the Cremyll Ferry in Admirals Hard, the feathered family are now most often spotted in the park, where Mr and Mrs Morse feed them.
Last year two of Boyo and Girly’s offspring were killed, thought to be by local youths.
Mr and Mrs Morse hoped residents would rally around to protect the swans. They recently spent over £300 to have an information board made and put up by the ferry, informing the public about their beloved birds. They have also put signs up in the area to warn motorists of the birds’ presence.
A police spokesman said: “We were called to Durnford Street at around 7.40pm after reports of a dog described as a Pitbull attacking swans in the park.
“The RSPCA has been informed and some of the cygnets have been taken to the vets. Officers were making inquiries with the owner of the dog.
“This is a real reminder for dog owners to keep their dogs under control at all times, particularly in areas where there is wildlife.”
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 771.