A female swan which was attacked by a dog at Alexandra Lake on Wanstead Flats on Sunday has died.
The bird had bites on its neck from the attack, and had lost a lot of blood. It was taken to the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton where it was treated for the injuries – dog bites carry an additional risk of infection to the wound. However it died on Thursday afternoon.
The Wanstead Park Swans group posted the news on its Facebook page saying: “Today we say goodbye to yet another one of our swans killed by a dog. This was a seriously nasty incident and totally preventable. She has been with her mate for a long time and this is heartbreaking.”
No witnesses are thought to have come forward to give information about the attack, but anyone with information is asked to contact the Epping Forest Office on 020 8532 1010, the Police on 101, or Gill (Swan Sanctuary Volunteer) on 07970 404 866.