Two Yorkshire farmers have been victim to dog attacks in the last week as the issue of livestock worrying continues to wreck havoc up and down the country.
Four Jersey cows were attacked by a dog last Sunday (June 26, 2016) suffering damaged teats and legs.
The cows, belonging to Edward Sugden, a dairy farmer from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, had recently been shown at county shows when the attack happened on the farm.
"Vets spent a good four or five hours stitching and repairing the damage to the heifers udders and legs," he explained.
"One cow has had to have the bottom half of her teat amputated, and two couldn’t be milked without them being sedated."
Mr Sugden captured the dog which carried out the attack, which was being walked by a friend of the owner.
The dog walker fled from the scene when Mr Sugden said he was going to involve the police in the incident.
He said: "The owner was on holiday and the dog is now being kept in custody while they identify who the owner is.
"The police are trying to decide whether the dog is a pitbull breed, which are banned from being owned in the UK."
A sheep recently shown at Honley show was attacked by a dog in Leeds.
New entrant, Rosie Hetherington, took to social media to explain her plight.
Miss Hetherington wrote: "Honley Show was this lad’s first and last ever outing - will be lucky to live, never mind show again.
"This is my January born embryo transfer (IVF) ram lamb, we have put so much work and expense into his breeding and rearing but now has a broken jaw and extensive nerve damage thanks to a dog attack.
"The rest of the sheep are traumatised but this one was picked off by a dog that was roaming.
"The vet has had to completely rebuild one side of his jaw with wire."
The owner of the dog which carried out the attack on Miss Hetherington’s sheep has owned up and an agreement has been made.
Miss Hetherington is pleading with the public to keep their dogs on leads, stating the issue is not with the sheep’s worth or the vet bill, but the ’time, effort and love that goes into these animals’.
With sponsorship from The Original Muck Boot Company, Farmers Guardian has been working alongside the British Veterinary Association and the National Sheep Association (NSA) to raise awareness of dog attacks via its Take the Lead campaign.
We have thousands of livestock worrying signs which you can nail to gateposts or fence posts near footpaths to highlight the problem to walkers.
If you would like some of these signs, please send astamped, self-addressed A4 envelope to:
FG Take the Lead,
Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park,
You will need at least three First Class or Second Class stamps on to cover postage costs. We will be able send up to 25 signs.