One swan was killed and a second badly injured in an attack over the weekend.
Concerned passers-by contacted the Gardai when they noticed the distressed birds near the bank of the River Nore at Bateman Quay, close to Dunnes Stores in the centre of the city, early on Sunday morning.
Officers in turn got in touch with a vet and the Kilkenny office of the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It seems that a dog was, most likely, responsible for the attack while there is an outside chance that a male otter was the culprit. This is because there has already been one attack on a swan by an otter on the River Nore in recent times, not too far from where the swan died.
While it is understood that the authorities feel there was no human involvement in the attack, they are asking for the assistance of the public who can ring the KSPCA on 0567771635 with any information.