A farmer has lost 15 sheep to a dog attack he described as ‘absolute carnage’.
23-year-old farmers Peter Sandgrove and Jack Holt were this morning (February 28) alarmed to find a dog attack had killed 15 of their sheep at Nodes Farm, Magham Down.
Peter Sandgrove said he received a phone call that two dogs were chasing his sheep.
He said: “I grabbed my shot gun but I was too late, the dogs were gone and there were dead sheep everywhere.
“I am a pretty hard going farmer but I was in tears going through having to shoot them.
“It was absolute carnage.”
Mr Sandgrove lost 15 sheep in total – ten were already dead but he had to shoot a further five.
Despite farming 2,000 ewes in total on his farm in Hellingham, Suffolk, he said the attack on just a few did not make it ‘any easier’.
“The sheep were in a group of around 150 and the others are now probably going to abort their lambs,” he added.
“It is not just the immediate effects of the attack but what we are going to have to deal with afterwards, too.”
In a Facebook live video, Mr Sandgrove said: “I really cannot stress it enough.
“You are not only destroying a farmers life – what they do for a living – you are letting animals die because you are not looking after your dog.
“Feel free to share this far and wide and let people know what the consequences are of not having dogs on leads.”
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