A SWAN has been taken to Clacks for rehabilitation after it was almost mauled to death by dogs in Fife.

Dog wardens on routine patrols in Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park witnessed two separate attacks on a cygnet last Thursday, January 23.

The injured animal was treated in Kirkcaldy at the St Clair Veterinary Group’s surgery and is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

SSPCA superintendent Sharon Comrie said: “There is a severe wound on its behind from the attack.

“Our vet has examined him and he will be on medication for the next week.

“Sadly, this is an all too common occurrence. Attacks such as this can have a devastating effect on wildlife.

“We say it time and again, dogs should be kept on a lead around wild animals.

“It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their pet is kept under control at all times.

“It is an offence for a dog to be out of control in a public place and is enforceable by the local authority.”

A Fife Council dog warden said they are happy to hear the signet is recovering well and added: "We will continue to raise awareness of the importance of responsible dog ownership."