A farmer with land close to Dallington Forest has just informed us that a dog or dogs have killed two ewes, that a further lamb was missing and other ewes had bite marks and injuries. The whole flock has been traumatised.
The dead ewes were found yesterday [Thursday 24th May] but it isn’t known when the attack occurred – it would have been between an inspection the day before and yesterday afternoon.
A number of owners let their dogs run free in Dallington Forest and on a number of occasions this Spring have been seen running around on this piece of land. But, as the attack wasn’t witnessed, it’s not known if the dog(s) came from that direction.
Naturally, a close watch has been mounted of this flock as dogs getting a taste for sheep-killing tend to return.
Particularly at this time of the year owners need to keep their dogs under close control.
Dog owners should note that farmers are within their rights to shoot any dogs found worrying sheep.