Dog savages swan to death in park

WARDEN WARNING: Durham County Council's wardens are urging dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash if visiting the Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street
WARDEN WARNING: Durham County Council's wardens are urging dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash if visiting the Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street
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DOG owners are being reminded to keep their pets under control when visiting a popular park following an attack which left a swan dead.

Durham County Council is urging visitors to Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street, to ensure their dog is on a lead when near the park’s wildlife.

The advice follows two recent incidents in which swans at the park received fatal injuries.

The council’s neighbourhood wardens are carrying out extra patrols at the site with the aim of reminding pet owners of their responsibilities.

Nigel Dodds, Durham County Council’s strategic manager for outdoor sport and leisure, said: “We have some fantastic parks and open spaces in County Durham, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy them.

“We’re asking people to be considerate of other visitors and our wildlife and, in particular, ensure their dogs are kept under control.”

Signs reminding people to keep their dogs under control when visiting the park are due to be installed within the next couple of weeks.