Goat dies of ‘distress’ after village dog attack injures two ponies
A goat has died after a dog attack which also injured two ponies in a small village just outside Ipswich. The incident happened in a field off Holly Lane, Belstead, on Sunday May 22, between 7am and 1.15pm.
One of the ponies was found with a puncture wound to its leg while the other had missing hair from its leg. A goat was also found in a distressed state and has since died following the incident. Suffolk Constabulary believe the injuries were caused by a dog attacking the animals.
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Livestock concerns are more common in sheep when dogs are loose in the fields, while attacks on horses and goats are much rarer.
It is not uncommon for small stock to die of shock or distress and sheep are often found dead or miscarried after being ‘troubled’ by loose dogs. This is a criminal offense and owners can face charges if found responsible for the attack on the dog.
Officers are asking for information on what happened and are asking witnesses to the attack or those who might know something to contact Suffolk Police quoting reference 37/32052/22.