A second Swindog sculpture has been damaged while on display for the Big Dog Art Trail.

Over the weekend, the event's team checked the state of the 30 fibreglass balloon dogs around town and noticed that one on Wood Street, called The Gold of Life, needed immediate attention.

An effort to fix the damage on-site did not fully restore the black and gold artwork, so it had to be removed from the trail entirely in order for more extensive repairs to be carried out.

Art trail participants can not currently see the Swindog but can still tick it off their total by unlocking the code on the trail’s app.

Earlier this month, Guard Dog had was also slightly damaged but has remained on the trail.

A spokesperson for The Big Dog Art Trail said: “We hope everyone continues enjoying the trail and finding all the amazing balloon dogs across Swindon.

“They are friendly pups who are happy to receive a pat and stroke, and will even pose for a selfie, but please treat them with care so everyone can enjoy them, and refrain from climbing on them.”

Anyone who notices damage on a Swindog or Swinpup can report it by texting 07467 849 989.

Organisers have confirmed they will be able to repair the Gold of Life sculpture before the event ends on Sunday, September 3.

It will then join the other 29 sculptures and 42 smaller Swinpups at the Farewell Weekend at the Steam Museum on September 15 and 16, before they are all auctioned off to their forever homes.

The auction, and the art trail as a whole, are raising funds for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.

The charity, which provides support for Wiltshire families who are caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, has organised the first-of-its-kind attraction with Wild in Art and recruited local artists, schools, and community groups to create the designs that adorn the eye-catching icons.

More than 3,000 Swindog seekers have walked for a total of 6,500 miles around the town and logged sculptures on the app 100,000 times since the event began in July.

Download The Big Dog Art Trail app at www.bigdogarttrail.co.uk/app or pick up a trail map for a £1 donation from the Steam Museum shop, Lydiard House hotel, Swindon Hub, and other locations and libraries.