I write in response to your article regarding the dog attack on a swan on October 20. As I was the person who stopped the attack, I would like to add some facts to the story and also offer some of my own.
The attack actually involved two dogs, both greyhounds and I am 100 per positive that if I had not come upon the scene then, the animals in question would have eventually killed the swan. In fact, after I managed to save the swan from the savage attack, the owner still failed to put her pets on a lead.
While I was in the process of calming the swan and attending to its injuries, one of the dogs attacked again and grasped the animal’s wing in its jaw, causing further injury and damage to this magnificent but defenceless creature.
What disturbed me the most was the total lack of any kind of repentance or culpability the woman owner of the dogs displayed.
I was disappointed that the individual in question was not named and shamed in your article as maybe this would make her stop and think that her behaviour, and the behaviour of her pets, was outside the realms of what any decent person would describe as acceptable.
The Sudbury water meadows is a place of beauty and tranquillity and a home for abundant wildlife. It is also is a huge draw for tourists and if you cannot control your dogs then surely a banning order is the best option.
Why should you be able to enjoy everything this beautiful piece of land has to offer if you cause chaos every time you and your so called pets enter it?
At the very least, these dogs should now be muzzled and be on a lead at all times.
Surely a prosecution is necessary and would act as a deterrent to other dog owners who do not have proper control of their pets in the presence of defenceless animals.