Thursday 29 February, 2024

Lamb killed and one ewe injured after dog attacks in Wiltshire

Officers said two incidents in as many days had taken place at Middle Chase Farm in Bowerchalke

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A ewe had been found with blood all over her hind quarters from the udder after being chased by a dog (Wiltshire Rural Crime Team)
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A ewe had been found with blood all over her hind quarters from the udder after being chased by a dog (Wiltshire Rural Crime Team)

A farmer has been left ‘devastated' after two suspected dog attacks in Wiltshire which killed a lamb and injured one ewe.

Wiltshire Rural Crime Team said the first incident had taken place on November 6 at Middle Chase Farm in Bowerchalke when a farmer found sheep had been pushed up tight to the corners of a field in a state of ‘high alert'.

Officers reported one ewe had been found with blood all over her hind quarters from the udder after being chased by a dog.

The second incident had taken place on November 7 when a farm worker found a dead lamb which had been ‘mauled to death' by what police believe to be a dog.

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Wiltshire Rural Crime Team said the ‘devastating consequences' of both incidents had caused ‘personal distress and significant financial costs' to the farmer and staff on the farm.

Police have asked anyone with further information regarding the incidents to call 101 and quote reference 54230118428.

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