Nine sheep killed, 140 more aborted after dog attacks in West Sussex
NINE sheep were killed and 140 more suffered abortions after a series of dog attacks.
Police are reminding dog owners to be vigilant around cattle following two worrying sheep cases in West Sussex.
Eight pregnant sheep were killed at Gumber Farm in Slindon after a “prolonged period of concern” which cost a farmer more than Â£ 1,500.
Another 140 lambs aborted following the incident on Thursday, November 11.
On the same day, a sheep was killed and two were injured in an attack on a farm in London Road, Washington.
Two husky dogs escaped from a nearby garden around 9:40 a.m., police said.
They were eventually captured by the Shepherd and taken to Durrington Police Station in Worthing to be identified by their owner.
The caretaker of the dogs at the time attended a voluntary police interrogation.
PC Darren Algar, of the Sussex Police Rural Crime Team, said: ‘We once again urge people to keep their dogs under control and on a leash around livestock or if there are a possibility of cattle being nearby even if you cannot see them. right now.
âIn addition to that, it is essential that people who own dogs and have a garden at the back of farms make sure that they are sure that dogs cannot escape.
“As in these cases, the results can be financially devastating for farmers, especially just before Christmas and a difficult time of year.”
Sheep worry when a dog attacks or chases a sheep, causing injury or an abortion.
Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigations is urged to report it online or call 101, citing the 13/11 serial number 1352.
Earlier this month, three sheep were killed in a dog attack in a field at Clothalls Farm in West Grinstead.
Nine other sheep were injured by bite injuries in the November 4 incident.
The farmer found his sheep scattered and scared, and they received proper care for shocks and injuries.