FARMER’S WARN­ING: I’LL SHOOT

Car­cass of large sheep sav­aged by dog found in field

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

A FARMER is fu­ri­ous that one of her sheep has been ‘ripped apart’ in a ‘sav­age’ at­tack by a dog.

Owner San­dra Han­ley, 48, has is­sued a warn­ing that she has the right to shoot an­i­mals caught wor­ry­ing her live­stock fol­low­ing the maul­ing which hap­pened in a field ad­ja­cent to Bow­stridge Lane, Chal­font St Giles.

Miss Han­ley, who is a ten­ant of the field which she calls The Or­chard, has also called for more coun­try­side aware­ness af­ter she found the car­cass at the end of last month.

She is an­gry that no one took any notice of her sheep, the at­tack or no­tices in­form­ing dog walk­ers to keep an­i­mals on the lead, and that no one told her of the dead live­stock.

She said: “It’s hor­ri­ble be­cause it’s just been left to suf­fer. Some­one’s dog has just ripped it apart and they’ve left that an­i­mal to bleed to death.”

Miss Han­ley said that be­cause it was a big sheep it ‘would have been a sav­age at­tack’ and added: “No­body keeps their dog on the lead, they just let them all run free, they just don’t care. They’ve just got no con­cept for the rules of the coun­try­side.”

Wor­ried about the other an­i­mals on her farm she said: “If I deem that my live­stock are be­ing wor­ried I’ve the right to shoot them, but it’s not the dog’s fault.

“I blame the owner - the dogs are do­ing what dogs do.”

Miss Han­ley has been left ‘ex­as­per­ated’ over what to do next and says the only op­tion would be to build a fence round the field.

A spokesper­son for Thames Val­ley Po­lice said: “Be­tween Fri­day (May 27) 12pm and Satur­day (May 28) 10.30am a sheep has been at­tacked and killed by a dog in a par­tic­u­larly sus­tained at­tack. “

“The of­fence oc­curred in a field on the foot­path off Bow­stridge Lane be­tween Chal­font St Giles and Chal­font St Peter. Dog own­ers are re­minded they are re­spon­si­ble for the con­trol of their dogs and dogs need to be kept on leads when near live­stock. Farm­ers do re­tain the right to shoot and kill dogs they be­lieve present a dan­ger to their live­stock.”

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