Two ‘horrific’ attacks on cattle in same week leave lambs dead or injured
Two dog attacks on cattle took place in the same week, leaving several lambs dead and injured.
The first of the ‘horrific’ incidents occurred in fields near Pott Shrigley on Wednesday, May 19, around 5 p.m.
It is believed that a dog who was off a leash and attacked at least nine lambs – some of them fatally.
Police said at the time a large “Doberman” type dog was seen running among the animals.
PC Jim Clark, of the Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team, said: ‘The offending dog is said to have traces of blood on his face.
“There are very few public trails nearby, but there are a number of residential properties and properties under renovation close to the land.
“If you’re lucky enough to live in a place backed by open fields, are you sure your dog won’t ‘go on an adventure’ from your property and out of sight.”
The second attack took place in fields near the center of Pott Shrigley on May 24. A young lamb was injured in the head and “possibly broken or at best dislocated the front leg,” police said.
During the last 14 months of the lockdown, and before that, police have regularly warned of cattle attacks – also known as the sheep worry.
Much of these incidents occurred in the more rural areas of Macclesfield and surrounding areas.
On this occasion, the police shared a graphic image of the injuries that were caused to the lambs.
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Posting it on Facebook, PC Clark said, “Again, this is the horrific truth of one of the consequences of a cattle attack.”
This lambing season has been particularly difficult, earlier this month two lambs were killed in a dog attack in fields beside the Macclesfield Canal near the AstraZeneca site.
Three more died in Over Alderley in March when a dog, off a leash, also bit their shepherd.
And another incident in March in Poynton saw a farmer verbally assaulted by a dog owner when asked to put his pet on a leash after he harassed sheep.
Police even reported an incident near Wildboarclough where men on motorcycles were chasing sheep in a field.
Sergeant Rob Simpson, of the Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team, said that across the county in the first three months of 2021, 50 sheep were killed by dogs. And that two dogs have an announcement to shoot.
Anyone with information about the latest incident can call the police on 101 quoting IML reference number 992043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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