Farmer shoots dog dead after attack on cattle

POLICE are investigating after farmer killed a dog which attacked his rare breed cattle.

The Whitebred Shorthorn heifers were bitten by two dogs at Trenow Farm at Perranuthnoe, near Penzance, on Tuesday evening.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the farmer shot dead one of the dogs but the other escaped.

A spokesman said no action would be taken against the farmer who had been within his rights to shoot the black labrador-cross dog.

No action was currently being taken against the dog’s owner either, the spokesman added.

However an inspector is now reviewing the case to ‘ensure proper action is being taken’.

The cows, which are on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) critical list, suffered chest and facial injuries in the attack.

It follows a Farmers Guardian investigation into dog attacks on sheep. FG found there were nearly 700 attacks by dogs in 2011.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Why are the dogs owners not having action taken against them and are they going to pay for the vets bill for the cows and has the second dog been put down so it wont do this again

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I am the owner of the most injured heifer who would have died if Nick Wall had not shot one of the dogs.I would like to thank Nick and Karen Wall for their brave actions. As for Devon & Cornwall Constabuary considering not taking action against the dog owners,words fail me!!!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Gerald, i think you should make a stand and tell the police that they need to take action against the dog owners and contact the NFU and let them help with this, something is very wrong here

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • The police have impounded the second dog that attacked the Whitebred cows, pending it going to court. Hopefuly it will be destroyed after that. Both owners have been formally interviewed. The field they were iattacked in is not open access/ right to roam or has any public footpaths. karen wall

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • To be honest my view is it is wrong to destroy any dog for any action! It is the owners who need to be punished not the dog! The dog is being a dog and going back to it's routes like foxes do. If the owners where responsible then this wouldn't of happened. I agree the owners should get punished and maybe the dogs rehomed so they are looked after by responsible adults that don't let dogs roam free if they can't behave. But to kill the dog for being a dog is horrible!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Register your email address for Farmers Guardian e-bulletins

Get the latest from Farmers Guardian delivered straight to your inbox. Click here to sign-up today

Already receiving bulletins? Sign-in to edit your preferences