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Baby Deer Mauled by Dog

The Courier has reported (5th April 2019) that a baby deer had to be euthanized after being mauled by an out of control dog in Fife. 

A dog walker discovered the deer with two broken legs n woodland near Lochore Meadows.

The Scottish SPCA were called but sadly the animal had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering from its extensive injuries.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Ian Burlinson also issued a reminder to dog owners to keep their animals under control.

He said:

“We were sadly called to Lochore Meadows on Tuesday morning after a young deer was attacked by a dog.

“The deer had a badly injured back end and was sadly put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

“Incidents like this prove as a sad yet important reminder as to why dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times, especially when there are other animals around.”

BDS advise dog walkers to keep their dogs on the lead when walking in areas near deer or where deer are known to be. In the spring it is normal for a mother to leave a young deer hidden because it cannot keep up with her when she is feeding. 

Our advice if you find a fawn, kid or calf: hidden in this way is

  • Move away immediately.
  • Do not be tempted to touch the deer or pick it up – your scent may stop the mother returning to feed her baby.
  • If you have a dog, keep it on a lead and under full control.

Read article in The Courier

Read BDS advice on abandoned young