A ‘MUTILATED’ swan which had been mauled to death by a dog in Goldthorpe was killed in a ‘completely avoidable’ incident, according to the RSPCA.

It’s the second time a swan has died at the Brick Pond in the last 18 months after two mastiffs killed one of the protected birds last April in a ‘vicious’ attack.

But this attack, which occurred last Thursday, prompted the RSPCA to appeal to dog owners to keep their pets under control.

A spokesperson told the Chronicle: “This is an upsetting and completely avoidable incident which would have been distressing for those who discovered this poor, mutilated swan.

“One of our officers rushed the swan to a nearby vet, but after assessing its severe injuries the vet made the difficult decision to put the swan to sleep.

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“Sadly, this situation happens all too often and we have to repeatedly urge dog owners to keep their dog under control on a lead and to look-out for nearby swans, other water birds and wildlife, when they are out on walks.

“Dog owners have a legal responsibility to keep their dog under control in a public place.

“It is important at all times, but particularly at this time of the year when adults will be caring for their young.”