Early morning walkers looked on helplessly as a young swan was attacked and killed by two dogs, apparently allowed loose without supervision.
The attack happened around 9am on Monday of last week in the lakes area close to Naas General Hospital.
There were a number of people in the area at the time.
It was carried out by Husky-type dogs on a waterway lying between Naas General Hospital and the Vista health centre/pharmacy, Ballymore Road.
A cygnet, accompanied by its parents, was taken from the water, savaged and at least partially eaten by the two dogs.
Two gardai attended the scene as did Kildare County Council staff including a dog warden.
“They all arrived after the attack had happened but it seemed to me that the dogs were looking for more cygnets having had the taste of blood,” a witness told the Leader.
At least two people tried to chase the dogs from the area with a stick but they continued to wander around the lakes.
The witness added that the dogs were not on a lead at any time and there was no apparent sign of an owner.
“I went across to the lake near Lakelands and ‘shooshed’ another swan and cygnet from the bank into the water and within seconds the dogs arrived here looking for another kill but they were always unlikely to actually enter the water.”
Swans are a protected species and dog owners have a responsibility for the behaviour of their pets.
A garda spokesman told the Leader that although two gardai attended the scene, the issue is matter for other authorities - unless a person has been attacked by a dog.
The lakes were recently cleaned out by Naas Town Council and are a popular walking area for local people and many use the walkways to exercise their pets.