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Call for respect after sheep mauled to death by 'out-of-control' dog

Two sheep have been mauled to death by an ’out-of-control’ dog in a country park.

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Sheep mauled to death by 'out-of-control' dog in country park #FGTakeTheLead

The flock of sheep, which were grazing Dew Park field in Cockington Country Park, were attacked by a dog on the morning of July 25.

 

One sheep was found dead, and another injured so badly it had to be put to sleep.

 

The sheep escaped from where they were grazing after the fence to the field was broken as a result of the attack.

 

The Countryside Trust, who manages the country park, is appealing for anyone with information to come forward and speak to them.

 

A spokesman said: "From what we can ascertain, the sheep flock was attacked by an out-of-control dog and panicked into breaking down a fence to escape from the park. The flock then fled on to the Old Totnes Road and down towards Warren Barn.


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"So far we have discovered one sheep dead in the stream below Manscombe Woods, one so seriously injured that it will have to be put down and another single animal loose but unharmed.

 

"Since the attack, the rest of the flock somehow returned safely to the paddocks at Occombe Farm; either finding their own way or with someone's help.

 

"We are asking anyone who has any information about this incident to contact the Trust as soon as possible, so we can try to prevent any more animals being harmed or killed."

 

Damian Offer, Trust director, added: "This shocking incident show that dogs 'worrying' sheep is actually much more unpleasant than it sounds. Two sheep have suffered agonising injuries, fear and distress and have ultimately lost their lives purely because someone's pet was not under control.

 

"I like to think that every dog owner is also an animal-lover and would be horrified to even think that their pet might have caused the unnecessary suffering and deaths of two innocent and defenceless animals.

 

"The fields in and around Cockington have been grazed with livestock (sheep and cattle) for many decades.

 

"The Trust continues the traditional practice of grazing in order to maintain the landscape of Cockington in the form that people know and cherish.

 

"We ask people to respect our need to manage the land by grazing, act responsibly and keep their dogs on leads when walking in or near fields with sheep or cattle."

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. In the meantime, a downloadable poster to warn walkers of the consequences of livestock worrying is available now on our website
  • FG will be speaking about the issue to 10,000 people at the Just Dogs Live show at the Peterborough arena this summer and will also be giving out free signs at the major agricultural shows
  • 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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