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Farmer shoots dogs and dumps them on millionaire owners’ lawn after sheep attack

The two pet dogs – an Alsatian and an Akita cross – were caught savaging East Sussex farmer Frank Langrish’s flock, killing six sheep and injuring another eight so badly they had to be put down.

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A well-known sheep farmer shot and dumped two rampaging dogs outside their owner’s front door in a bid to ‘send a message’ about livestock worrying.

 

The two pet dogs – an Alsatian and an Akita cross – were caught savaging East Sussex farmer Frank Langrish’s flock, killing six sheep and injuring another eight so badly they had to be put down.

 

The owner in question, American hedge fund millionaire David Kowitz, had previously owned dogs which killed 23 sheep in 2012, before another four were savaged in December last year when his pets were reported missing.

 

Local farmers said Mr Kowitz had failed to take sufficient steps to control his dogs.


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Mr Langrish, 66, said when confronting Mr Kowitz about the attack and having asked if the dogs belonged to him, he simply said: “I suppose so.”

 

Mr Kowitz later sent a letter to apologise to the farmer, suggesting the family’s containment system ‘failed on a night of major activity’ and that the dogs – who he was planning to rehome but had kept for security reasons – were ‘mistakenly released by house guests’.

 

Speaking to the national press, Mr Langrish said local farmers were aware that Mr Kowitz’s dogs had been responsible for various livestock attacks over the last few years and were concerned about the possible rehoming of the dogs, because ‘once they have done it, they will do it again’.

 

He added: “It is the savaging of defenceless animals which is going on night and day around the UK.”

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