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Top Ayrshire sheep breeder ‘devastated’ after dog attack killed 29 pregnant ewes

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Twenty nine in-lamb ewes were killed by the two dogs, with eight more injured. 

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Top Ayrshire sheep breeder ‘devasted’ after dog attack on pregnant ewes #FGtakethelead

A top sheep breeder has pleaded for better walker respect and to keep dogs on leads after 29 of his lambs were attacked earlier this week.


David Morrison, of Dalwyne Blackies, Barr, Girvan, was alerted to the attack on Monday morning (March 6) after two dogs had attacked his sheep overnight. It came only days after his flock topped Lanark Market.


15 in-lamb ewes were found dead, another 14 had to put down the following day and a further eight are injured with the risk of them aborting.


Mr Morrison said his sheep had been ‘ripped to shreds’.


He said: “This attack is like nothing I have ever seen before, we are so devastated by it.


“It is not just about the financial losses which are likely to be more than £50,000; we have built our flocks up over generations and they cannot be replaced, it is heartbreaking.



“It is always a last resort to shoot a dog when it is worrying sheep, but when you see the damage they have done and the risk they will continue to worry, you have no option.


“We hope no one else goes through what we have and we really plead with the public to keep their dogs on leads and fully under control.”


In a Facebook post, Mr Morrison said his heart had ‘broken’ after ‘having to gather up dead ewes and hold ewes while the vet put them down’.


He said he found one dead ewe with two dogs standing over her, whilst his neighbour was trying to shoot at the dogs.


Police were notified and are currently trying to trace the owners.


Jimmy Ireland, Ayrshire regional chairman added: “This is a hugely distressing incident for all involved, and it is clear we need to do more to raise awareness of the damage dogs can do when let off the leash.


“Last year saw the highest number of instances from over the last seven years of livestock worrying, and we need dog owners to take heed of our warnings, to keep dogs on lead and under their control, avoiding fields with livestock where possible and taking an alternative route.”

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