Police appeal after 'frightening' attack on deer by dog in nature reserve

James Preston

Police appeal after 'frightening' attack on deer by dog in nature reserve

A 'frightening' attack on a deer by a dog at Braywick Nature Reserve in Maidenhead has prompted a police appeal for information.

At about 5pm on Thursday, a group of witnesses saw the dog, described as a large blonde scruffy-looking Irish Wolfhound cross, attacking the deer in the park.

It is not clear if the dog was a stray or not, but witnesses believe it had a collar.

Investigating officer Sgt Robert Dalton, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “If you see this dog please contact police immediately on 101 and do not approach it.

“We are also advising owners to keep dogs on leads as a reminder that, although these kinds of attacks are very rare, dog-on-animal/dog incidents are extremely distressing for those concerned.

“The dog attacked the deer in daylight which is unusual. Witnesses saw the dog attacking the deer, including children, who found this incident quite frightening.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that we are investigating this incident, and I would appeal for the owner of the dog to come forward and speak to police. I would also remind people walking their dogs that, should they come across a dog in a similar kind of situation, they need to be vigilant and careful.”

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.

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