A police investigation has been launched after a sheep was savaged by a loose dog in Berkshire.
A canal boat owner witnessed the incident from the Kennet and Avon Canal on Saturday, July 1.
The dog involved was running loose before it attacked the lamb by the throat - causing serious injuries.
A local gamekeeper was forced to shoot the lamb to prevent any further suffering.
It is believed the dog owner left the scene after watching the attack.
Farmer Michael Bowden told Farmers Guardian: "About 20 sheep had recently been put into a field next to the canal towpath by a farmer who has just started renting it.
"People walk their dogs along here all the time, but on this occasion a dog was running some way ahead of the woman owner when it saw the group of sheep lying in the grass.
"It jumped through the fence and started chasing the frightened animals, then it grabbed one by the throat, tearing at it.
"The owner managed to catch the dog and rush off - leaving the ewe still alive but badly injured.
"This was all witnessed by a canal boat owner moored nearby. I was called as a local farmer to help.
"A local keeper came and shot the ewe to stop it suffering any further. The sheep owner was contacted - as were the police. The incident is being investigated.
"The dog was described as brown, larger than a collie, but smaller than a labrador - and quite stocky."
This attack follows a young farmer's plea for dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead around livestock.
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