'Gutless Morons': Dog Owner Accused Of Ordering Attack On Swans While Mate Watches
Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after a man allegedly ordered his dog to attack a group of swans at a popular Victorian beach.
Police were called to Sorrento Beach on the Mornington Peninsula around 10am on Sunday morning after reports a swan has been seriously injured in a dog attack.
A witness recounted the events on Facebook, claiming the dog owner told his friend to "watch this" as he let his excited dog off the leash, calling for it to "sick em".
There were 20 black swans swimming and feeding in the shallow waters when the dog charged, picking one up and shaking it vigorously according to the witness.
The woman said she was yelling a the dog to release the animal as her husband ran into the water "to try and release the swan from the dog's mouth".
According to the couple, the dog owner laughed and stood on the beach as the injured swan was carried out of the water and held until police arrived.
The animal was taken to a local vet for treatment.
"These 2 GUTLESS MORONS!!!!!" the woman wrote. "Kept walking very quickly towards Sorrento yacht club."
By Monday morning, the post had amassed more than 3,600 shares and 903 comments.
"Two inhuman monsters", said one user.
"Totally gutless, hope someone can help find them," said another.
Victoria Police have confirmed to 10Daily that an investigation has been launched.
"Police have released an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries," they said in a statement. "The man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance and was wearing a white/grey jacket and dark shorts".
Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information is urged to contact Rosebud Police Station on 03 5986 0444.