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Three sheepdogs killed after livestock attacks in North Wales

A sheep and lamb were killed in a dog attack which resulted in three sheepdogs being shot by a farmer.

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The owner of the sheepdog has been traced today (June 1, 2016)
The owner of the sheepdog has been traced today (June 1, 2016)

Three sheepdogs have been shot after they attacked livestock in North Wales.

 

The attack happened yesterday morning (May 31, 2016) where the three dogs had entered a field containing sheep with no owner to be seen.

 

They killed one sheep and one lamb, and left another two lambs injured.

 

Sgt Rob Taylor from the North Wales Rural Crime team said: "The animals had made their way into the field and gone on a killing frenzie.

 

Owner


"There was no owner to be seen anywhere, so the farmer, quite rightly, shot the dogs."

 

Sgt Taylor confirmed that the owner has been traced in the last half hour and the police team was now dealing with this.

 

It was not known whether the sheepdogs were working dogs, and Sgt Taylor reported that it is unusual for sheepdogs to be involved in such attacks.

 

Statistics from the NW Rural Crime Team found that in the last two and a half years, North Wales Police has seen up to 320 separate dog attacks on livestock, killing up to 1,500 sheep.

 

About 34 per cent of the sheep worrying incidents reported involved a Husky dog.

 

Attacks

 

Sgt Taylor said the issue of livestock worrying is not new, farmers have just never had the confidence to report these problems to the police in the past.

 

He said: "The problem has always been there, and farmers have simply lacked the confidence to report the crime to the police.

 

"Thanks to the North Wales Rural Crime team, we have seen farmer confidence rise and more incidents are being reported.

 

"This will be the same issue nationally.

 

No winners

 

"The problem is not purely with owners walking their dogs without leads.

 

"We find a lot of incidents occur when dogs have been left in back gardens and they escape while their owners are out.

 

"There are no winners in this situation - it is a lose lose.

 

"The farmers endure the hardship of losing their livestock, and the dog owners could face their dog being shot, or a hefty fine with the possibility of their dog being euthanised later in proceedings."

 


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FG Take The Lead campaign

FG Take The Lead campaign

With sponsorship from The Original Muck Boot Company, Farmers Guardian has been working alongside the British Veterinary Association and the National Sheep Association 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,

Farmers Guardian,

Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park,

Preston,

Lancashire,

PR2 9NZ.

 

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.

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