The daughter of a farmer has come out in recent days, calling for people to have greater control of their dogs after her father’s sheep were victims of a dog attack, as reported by fginsight.com.
The attack occurred early on Saturday morning on a farm in Semley on the Dorset Wiltshire border. It resulted in one of the animals suffering from a shock induced heart attack, while another two needed to be put down to prevent further suffering.
These were not the only casualties though as three other sheep, two ewes and a lamb, were left badly injured by the attack. They needed veterinary attention, required stitches and remain in a critical condition.
Daughter of the farmer, Ellen Bone aged 26, who is a student veterinary nurse, stated the shock of her family discovering the injured sheep. She also made calls for people to have greater control of their dogs, to prevent incidents like this happening again.
"They were my dad’s sheep. He has a large flock of Highlanders, North of England Mules and Charolais...The farm has no rights of way or footpaths on-site and so we are lead to believe these dogs have strayed from a walk or escaped from a garden.”, she said speaking to the Farmers Guardian.
She says they believe the dogs may be strays or have been wandering from their owners for long periods.
"Due to the severity of the injuries and the fact the attack occurred over two fields, we believe the dog or dogs must have been unaccounted for for quite some time and would have undoubtedly returned home covered in blood.”, she added.
"The state of the sheep following the attack is obviously distressing and we’d like to think the owners of the dogs, when they realised what their dogs had done, would have come forward and taken responsibility.”, said Ellen.
She concluded by reiterating the need for dog owners to keep their dogs on leads and know their whereabouts at all times, to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening again in the future. She appealed for information on her Facebook page as well as for people to keep their dogs on their leads.
"But mostly we want the message out there of the importance of keeping dogs on leads and under control at all times in the countryside.", she concluded.