FARMER’S WARNING: I’LL SHOOT
Carcass of large sheep savaged by dog found in field
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.”