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Dog walker flees scene after watching dog attacking lamb by the throat

A police investigation has been launched after a sheep was savaged by a loose dog in Berkshire.



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Dog walker flees scene after watching dog attack sheep #FGTakeTheLead

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."


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Farmers Guardian - Take the Lead campaign

Farmers Guardian - Take the Lead campaign

Farmers Guardian is taking the lead by raising awareness among the British public about livestock worrying and speaking up for our readers’ concerns.

 

What we are doing

  • FG is working with leading farming and rural organisations to raise awareness of livestock worrying and reduce the number of dog attacks
  • We are targeting dog, lifestyle and countryside magazines to raise the importance of the issue which costs businesses millions of pounds each year and leaves farmers devastated
  • We have produced signs for farmers to put up around their fields which will be sent out with copies of Farmers Guardian on April 11. In the meantime, a downloadable poster to warn walkers of the consequences of livestock worrying is available now on our website
  • FG will be speaking about the issue to 10,000 people at the Just Dogs Live show at the Peterborough arena this summer and will also be giving out free signs at the major agricultural shows
  • In conjunction with our partners BVA and NSA, we will spread the message through social media and the national and regional press, both print and broadcast

Follow and support the campaign on twitter with #FGtakethelead

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