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Deer mauled to death by dog in Watford, RSPCA issue warning

The RSPCA have issued a warning to walkers to take care around wildlife and keep out of control dogs on leads, after a deer was fatally injured by a dog in Watford.

The deer was found collapsed and breathing heavily with horrific wounds to his hindquarters by a member of the public, who called the RSPCA on 12 February.

Harrow Online received images of the deer but chose not to share them with you because of their graphic content.

Sadly, by the time inspector Dale Grant arrived at Leggatts Wood Avenue, the poor animal had passed away.

He said: “This terrible incident could have been avoided had the dog owner been responsible and kept their pet on a lead.

“We ask that dog owners avoid areas where there’s likely to be wildlife, or livestock, for dog walking wherever possible. Otherwise, dogs should be kept on a lead at all times.

“Dog owners have a legal responsibility under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to keep their dog under control in a public place.”

he RSPCA is urging people to visit their website if they encounter distressed animals, especially as spring approaches. They’re asking for assistance in getting small, sick, and injured wildlife to veterinarians or wildlife rehabilitators directly to expedite their care, allowing RSPCA rescuers to focus on animals suffering from cruelty and neglect.

The RSPCA is also celebrating its 200th anniversary this year and aims to inspire one million people to join their movement to enhance animals’ lives. To learn more about joining this movement, you can visit www.rspca.org.uk/200.