We are reminding dog owners to be #WildlifeWise around wild animals after a badger was found injured after a suspected dog attack in Edinburgh.
We were alerted to the incident after a concerned member of the public called on 30 September to report the badger had not moved since being attacked the previous night by a dog on Craigroyston Grove in Edinburgh.
Sadly, the female badger’s injuries were too severe and she passed away.
Animal rescue officer, Lindsay Kerr, said, “We’re appealing to members of the public to be mindful of wild animals in the area.
“It could be simply that there’s a local dog owner who’s not paying attention to what their dog is getting up to when it’s off lead. We would remind dog owners that it is an offence for your dog to be out of control in any public or private place.
“Being attacked by a dog is a horrendous way for this badger to die. She will have been extremely distressed and suffering massive amounts of pain and fear.
“We would urge local dog owners to ensure their dogs are kept on a lead around wild animals at all times and that they make sure they have sight of their dog and can reliably recall it when needed if it is off lead.
“If your dog does attack a wild animal by accident then please contact us immediately so we can provide treatment to the animal as soon as possible.
“Anyone who finds an animal in distress can call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 in the strictest confidence.”