A farmer is worried lambing time could turn into ’carnage’ after a number of dog attacks on his and neighbouring farms.
In the past month, three farms in Flintshire have lost sheep to dog attacks and fears are rising for the lambing season.
Seven sheep were killed and three more were badly mauled in the latest attack at Pant-y-Groes.
Owner George Oare discovered the carnage on his daily checks.
He said: "I’d checked them on Saturday at 3.30pm and everything was fine.
1st job of the day another livestock attack, this time in Lixwm, Flintshire. Seven dead and two injured. The attack has happened between 2pm Saturday & 4pm Sunday. We think two dogs have been involved. Any info it’s W001550 on 101 or @Wales_CS pic.twitter.com/3EGZy3yT3I— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime)
1st job of the day another livestock attack, this time in Lixwm, Flintshire. Seven dead and two injured. The attack has happened between 2pm Saturday & 4pm Sunday. We think two dogs have been involved. Any info it's W001550 on 101 or @Wales_CS pic.twitter.com/3EGZy3yT3I— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) January 8, 2018
"But when I returned at 2.30pm on Sunday, sheep were lying dead and injured across the field.
"They were scattered around in small groups, as if they had been chased for some time.
"It was quite horrific and made me angry that someone is letting their dog do this.”
Six sheep were found dead with another euthanised by a vet at the scene. Three more had suffered leg injuries and are undergoing treatment.
Mr Oare estimates the attack will set him back £1,500-£2,000 in veterinary, disposal and replacement costs.
“If these dogs can do that to a big ram, it makes you wonder what thery would do to a small child. That’s the most worrying part,” he said.
“I just hope the three injured lambs make a full recovery but with ligament damage you never know.”
“In the past month two of my neighbouring farms have lost sheep to these dogs and now we’re are the third.
“Initially we thought they may be attacking our sheep because they were hungry, but it now seems they are doing it just for sport.
“We’ll soon be bringing our pregnant ewes inside for lambing. If we don’t find these dogs before the lambs go outside on the fields, it will be carnage.”
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