A farmer who lost three lambs in a dog attack said dog walkers ‘do not learn’.
David White, 29, said he was annoyed to find an attack on his lambs had left three dead and another with severe injuries.
The full-time plumber had been lambing 160 ewes on rented land in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire shortly before the attack on Monday (March 27).
“It was fairly obvious there were lambs around; you do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that.”
- David White
“I got a phone call around half past seven on Monday night from my neighbour. He said, ‘I don’t think you are going to be too happy but a dog has got in and killed two of your lambs’,” he said.
“It is just annoying more than anything.
“Another lamb was still alive but it was making one hell of a racket.”
Mr White said he found two lambs dead in the field immediately after the attack, and another the day later.
He said the injuries suggested the dog had targeted the lambs faces, and although the owners had offered to compensate the loss, ‘it was not about the money’.
The most upsetting part, he added, was that the dog, a Staffordshire Rhoedesian Ridgeback, had attacked his ‘best lambs’.
“The owner thought the dog had cut its mouth open but actually it had been tucking into my lambs,” he said.
“It had a muzzle on because it had previously chased deer but it came back with it hanging off. That probably saved a few more.”
In a bid to call on the public for greater awareness, Mr White said he was frustrated this type of attack was happening on a frequent basis.
He said the lambs would have been ‘good strong lambs’ but argued ‘people do not seem to learn’.
“It was fairly obvious there were lambs around; you do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that,” Mr White added.
“I said to the owner he was lucky his dog had not run into another field because it would have been shot.
“People just do not realise the time and effort in producing these lambs.”
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