Photos of the aftermath of a dog attack which left a number of sheep and a pet dog dead have gone viral after being shared by online media platform LADbible.
LADbible, which boasts a following of 120 million online users, posted a story and graphic images of the dead ewes and lambs and the husky dog which had been shot by the farmer.
The incident took place in the Cotswolds last week when the owner let the husky off the lead in the farmer’s field of sheep.
Gloucestershire Constabulary’s rural crime team shared the images on their Twitter account to remind the public to keep their dogs on a lead and that farmers are within their rights to shoot a dog which is worrying livestock.
The policing team’s post said: "Is this upsetting and offensive? Probably, but this is what happened. The Husky was unfortunately shot whilst on a killing rampage.
"Keep dogs on a lead, it’s lambing season."
Dozens of comments were posted on the LADbible article, with many speaking out in support of the farmer.
One said: “The farmer has my full backing. If you can’t keep your dog on a lead near farms and sheep, it’s your loss. Tough.”
Others highlighted such tragedies were completely avoidable if pets were kept on leads.
Another user added: “That should never have happened to the sheep and the dog, all because the owner didn’t keep the dog on a lead. It makes my blood boil, why get dogs if you are not prepared to keep them and others safe.”
LADbible came under fire in February for sharing videos of ‘naughty’ dogs chasing livestock.
A number of organisations including the North Wales Police rural crime team reported the content and called for it to be removed.
It came as a dog attack on a seal near the River Thames in London caused national outrage.
The seal, which had been nicknamed Freddie in honour of the late Queen singer, was mauled by a Patterdale Terrier which was off the lead on Sunday. The dog’s owner is reported to be a top QC. Signs which said dogs must be kept on a lead were clearly visible.
The seal was treated by the South Essex Wildlife Hospital but died from his injuries.
A hospital spokesperson reminded the public not to approach seals and to always keep their dogs on a lead.
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