A farmer has spoken out after prolific thieves stole two of his sheepdogs specifically to rustle sheep.
The farmer, who asked to remain anonymous, said a pair of his sheepdogs – which were taken in 2017 and returned six months later thanks to their microchips – came back and started rounding sheep up in the middle of the night.
“It happened again the next night so they had been stolen specifically to steal sheep,” he said.
The incident happened a day in 2017 when the farmer was at an auction. He returned home to find the barn door open and the front of the kennel ‘ripped off’.
He said: “The two dogs that were taken were great sheepdogs and were very friendly so the thieves would have found it easy to snatch them.
“I did not think I would see them again but both dogs were found during a police raid on a prolific thief. It was a challenge to retrain them but I had not completely broken them in so I went right back to basics with them.
“Although I was lucky to get my dogs back, what happened does make you feel vulnerable. I could not understand why someone would pick on me and it made me sick to think I was being watched.”