Seven pregnant ewes were killed in a ‘distressing’ dog attack, prompting renewed calls for dogs to be kept on leads around livestock.
The incident, which took place on NFU Cymru livestock chairman, Wyn Evans’ farm in Tyn y Graig, Ceredigion, on New Year’s Eve, involved two lurcher-type dogs.
A well as killing the seven in-lamb ewes, a further five sheep were injured. The incident is now being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police’s Ceredigion rural crime team.
While recognising the importance of exercise for peoples’ physical and mental wellbeing during the coronavirus lockdown, Mr Evans warned dogs can cause distress, injury and death to livestock if not walked responsibly and pleaded with dog owners to keep their dogs on leads.
“Sheep farming is more than a livelihood for our family,” Mr Evans said.
“We have responsibility for the welfare of every animal we have on the farm.
“To see our pregnant ewes maimed and killed in this manner has been a very upsetting experience for us.
“It is something no farmer should have to go through.
“Please act responsibly and keep your dog on a lead when livestock are nearby.”
Mr Evans also urged farmers to report any incidents of this nature to give police forces the true picture of the scale of the problem.
Farmers Guardian data from UK police forces showed there are about 1,000 dog attacks on sheep each year.
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