A BERKSWELL farmer has warned her neighbours to be vigilant after three of her lambs were ripped to pieces in a suspected dog-attack.
Wendy Taylor, who owns Cedar Wood Farm, discovered the animals’ bodies early on Sunday morning. The rest of the flock seemed frightened and two of the ewes had been injured.
The lambs were born last month and Wendy said they were too big for a fox to attack. She is convinced a dog is responsible and is angry that the animal’s owner had let it roam loose.
“I went to check on the sheep at about 6.20 in the morning. The animals had been attacked and one of the bodies was still warm - it was just horrible really, the ground was covered in blood.
“When the policeman came to have a look he was horrified. My daughter helps look after the lambs and I’m just so grateful it wasn’t her who went up there - it’s definitely not something I would have wanted her to see.”
Following the grisly find, the mother-of-three wants to make other farmers aware of the danger to their livestock.
“So many ladies and gentleman walk their dogs across my land - on leads - and cause no problems. I’m just angry that someone has let their dog run loose - they must know something has happened because it would have been covered in blood.”
Sheep worrying is a real concern for farmers - although it is unusual for a dog to physically attack sheep and lambs. By law, farmers are allowed to shoot dogs which are worrying their animals.
The National Farmers’ Union urges dog-owners to keep their pets on a leash when near livestock.
A police spokeswoman said the incident had been recorded as suspicious circumstances.