A blackbrook Rowena prize cow has been shot dead after being frightened and suffering horrific leg injuries. Farmer Tori Stanley is calling for farmers to take the lead to educate the public before more of these attacks happen.
A farmer is calling for a wider awareness of dog worrying outside of the farming industry.
Prize Longhorn cow Blackbrook Rowena and ‘matriarch of the herd’ suffered a broken leg after farmer and owner Tori Stanley believed she had been frightened by a dog.
Ms Stanley said the farming industry has a responsibility to take the lead and educate the public to help them understand why dog worrying is such a big issue.
“There is a massive lack of awareness,” said Ms Stanley. “We all know this is such a huge issue because we are farmers and we work in the farming industry.
“But the awareness has got to go to people that are not within our bubble, and it has got to be simply explained to help them understand what is really happening.”
- Tori Stanley, farmer at Park farm Melbourne
The cow’s injuries were so severe she was put-down following the attack.
“We knew that cow inside out, she was literally bullet proof," said Ms Stanley. “She had done all the shows; she had done everything. Something caught her unaware or harassed her and she made a false move and fell.
“The extent of the damage was unbelievable.”
Park Farm in Melbourne had experienced frequent problems with dogs worrying their livestock, despite posters scattered around the farm.
Ms Stanley said she encountered two dog walkers prior to the attack whom she had asked to put their dog on a lead.
“A lot of people think ‘oh there are no animals in here’ but it doesn’t matter, the field next door has probably got sheep in – you don’t know about that but your dog does.
“It goes through the hedge, terrorises for ten minutes, hears you calling, takes another three minutes to come back to you, when in the meantime he has terrorised ewes that are now going to abort.
“The damage is done – it is not good enough."
Online social media platforms have been a great benefit in helping Tori to highlight the impact of dog worrying and inform the public what their dog is capable of.
"It doesn't have to be a horror story, but actually an education before it happens," said Ms Stanley.
“It is so simple for the public to solve this problem but it is nearly impossible for farmers.”