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Farmer furious after ten lambs attacked and killed by loose dogs

A farmer has been left ’mad, upset and angry’ after ten of his lambs were attacked and killed by loose dogs.



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Robert Fitton, 35, was devastated when he discovered the dead animals in his field in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

 

Three dogs escaped from a kennel nearby - killing six lambs and leaving four which had to be put down.

 

Six other lambs are still being treated by the farm vet.

 

 

Mr Fitton told Farmers Guardian: "I have lost ten lambs which were either killed or put down due to their injuries - and six which we are trying to save!

 

"The police are involved but the owner has been across and is trying to sort it out. He is very sorry and has offered to pay compensation. He was looking after two other dogs for a friend - and they all escaped.

 

"I don’t like animals being put down but if it happens again I’ve told him what will happen.

 

"I’m mad, upset and angry. All this hard work for nothing. We, as farmers, do our best for our animals.

 

"We’ve had three attacks in 40 years - so it’s not been a major problem. But my message to dog walkers is know where your pets are and look at the damage that can be done."

 


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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. Find our signs HERE
  • 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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