An animal welfare group is appealing for information after dogs fatally attacked a swan.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has issued a plea for help tracing youths said to have set dogs on a swan.

The male bird sustained a catalogue of injuries that proved fatal in the incident in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Charity officers caught the swan after a call from a concerned member of the public on July 23.

RSPCA inspector Sandra Dransfield said: “There was nothing we could do to save the swan – its injuries were just too severe. It had a large wound on its back, another on its chest and its neck had been torn open.

“We’ve been told it was attacked by several dogs the previous night, and that the dogs were deliberately set on it by a number of youths.”

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA.

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