Couple's distress as dog kills sheep in Exmouth field

PUBLISHED: 12:48 26 January 2017

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog killed a sheep and injured others in a field near Exmouth.

The livestock were attacked while grazing in a field on the B3179, close to Wright’s Field, to the shock of farmer Alan Pring and his wife Wendy.

Alan found the dead sheep in a shed on the field during the lambing season. Wendy said the animals are treated like pets and had been acting strangely that morning.

She added: “Alan went out at about 7am because we’re lambing and the sheep, which usually go straight to him, ran away.

“There was one dead in the shed and another was injured. One sheep was missing and still hasn’t been found.”

The couple contacted their vet, who informed them that he believed the damage must have been done by a large dog.

Wendy added: “It’s very unsettling when you have got sheep you treat like pets and you go up there and find that this has happened.”

A National Farmers’ Union spokesman said it was renewing its call for dogs to be on leads around livestock.

The incident happened between Monday, January 9, at 5pm and 7am on Tuesday, January 10.

Police Community Support Officer Chantalle Major said: “A dog has gone into a field and killed a sheep and injured numerous other sheep and lambs.

“This was a distressing incident. Dog owners are reminded that they should keep their dogs under proper control at all times and on the lead when near farm animals.”

Anyone with information on the incident can call 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk, quoting: CR/002325/17

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