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Young farmer issues plea to public after sheep savaged to death by dog

A young farmer has issued a plea to the public after one of her sheep was killed by a dog.



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PIC: Rachel Turnbull
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Shepherdess Rachel Turnbull came across the dead sheep, which has left two lambs orphaned.

 

The attacked happened near Richmond, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday, June 28.

 

Miss Turnbull told Farmers Guardian: "She had a bite mark to her neck and hind right leg and had unfortunately bled out through her neck due to the jugular vein being severed.

 

"I’ve had a similar attack on a lamb years ago and I had the vets stitch it up and it was fine. But obviously no one reported this attack to me so she had died by the time I got to her.

 

"A member of the public had mentioned to me that the sheep had been very vocal the day before at around 5pm which is when we think it roughly happened.

 

"This field has many footpaths and is used by lots of people in Richmond to walk their dogs and normally we have no bother with it. But this ewe had obviously stood her ground and attacked by the neck."

 

She issued a warning to dog walkers.

 

"Worrying sheep is a real problem for farmers, especially when they are in lamb as a dog just chasing a ewe can cause her to abort her lambs.

 

"Many people don’t realise this - unfortunately. It costs time and money just to get that ewe pregnant in the first place.

 

This follows a call from a police officer in Suffolk who warned dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead after a ’horrific’ attack on four rare-breed sheep.

 

 


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