Swan injured in vicious dog attack ‘recovering well’

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A swan left with a gaping hole in its chest after being attacked by a dog in Sudbury is making a good recovery.

The animal was set upon by a greyhound on the town’s water meadows near Brundon Lane on October 20. After receiving emergency veterinary treatment, the swan was taken to a sanctuary in Essex.

“He is doing really well,” said Roy Spicer, from Swan Watch, who helped get the animal to safety. “His wounds were very serious.

“He was very lucky because the person who intervened when the attack was taking place probably saved his life.”

Mr Spicer said he was still unsure weather the swan, which also suffered a damaged wing in the attack, would ever be released into the wild.

“He has a dropped wing and it is still not right,” he said.

“At the moment, he is in the best place, but I don’t know if he will ever fully recover.”

Up to 130 swans can gather near Brundon Lane at feeding time and Mr Spicer said more needed to be done to protect them.