Thursday, 23 November 2017

Farmer shoots dog after ewes attacked

Sheep Field

A FARMER was forced to shoot a dog after it attacked and killed three of his ewes.

David Hicks, who owns Kingwood Farm in Wyfold, has urged owners to keep their animals under control.

Mr Hicks, 51, said the attacks happened at about 1.20pm on Thursday last week in a field near the Black Horse pub in Checkendon, where his sheep are kept.

He said: “I was driving down the road to check the sheep and a lady in hysterics stopped me, saying there was a dog trying to attack the sheep. I jumped over the fence and it was tearing a sheep to pieces.

“The sheep tried to get away and the dog grabbed it and was biting its face. It had torn the back legs to shreds.

“I’ve never shot a dog before but I had no option.”

He said another of his sheep was so badly injured that it died soon afterwards while another died the next morning as a result of the shock and stress.

Five had bite marks and had to be treated with antibiotics, while another had to be stitched up. All three that died were carrying lambs.

Mr Hicks called the police and the owner of the springer spaniel, a man from Wallingford, appeared after an hour.

He asked the owner to cover his losses and vet bills, which he estimated would be about £1,000.

“We’re three weeks from lambing and the stress and worry could cause the other sheep to abort,” he said,

“I don’t blame the dog, I blame the owner. Keep your animals on a lead or away from livestock, especially at this time of year.”

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