Sheep killed in two sep­a­rate dog at­tacks

Po­lice ea­ger for in­for­ma­tion af­ter twelve an­i­mals are killed in field

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

PO­LICE are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter a dozen sheep were killed dur­ing two dog at­tacks over the last few days near Belling­don.

In the first in­ci­dent, which oc­curred in a field near Ram­scote Lane at some point on Satur­day (Aug 20), five sheep were killed and two oth­ers in­jured by what was be­lieved to be a dog.

The in­jured sheep were later put down.

In the sec­ond in­ci­dent, which oc­curred in the same field at some point on Mon­day, a fur­ther five sheep were killed and five oth­ers in­jured.

Again, the in­juries were con­sis­tent with hav­ing re­sulted from an at­tack by a dog.

Sgt James El­lis, of the Che­sham Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team, is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses and also has ad­vice about keep­ing live­stock safe.

He said: “Clearly this is a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent and as well as the dis­tress caused to the live­stock there is also the fi­nan­cial im­pact on the farmer con­cerned.

“We recog­nise that this is­sue is also of con­cern, to the wider farming com­mu­nity and we are keen to help them come to­gether and pro­vide us with any in­for­ma­tion they may have that can help us with our in­ves­ti­ga­tion into these in­ci­dents.

“We would ask that all those in the Belling­don area re­main vig­i­lant, par­tic­u­larly keep­ing an eye out for dogs es­cap­ing their bound­aries, and re­port any­thing of con­cern they see.

“It may be that a res­i­dent in the Belling­don area has had their dog re­turn home look­ing like it may have been in­volved in an in­ci­dent of this na­ture and, again, we would urge them to re­port this to us.

“Re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers know where their dogs are – please be aware of where your dog is at all times. It is a crim­i­nal of­fence to not have your dog un­der con­trol.”

Farm­ers in Bucks have had live­stock killed by dogs in a num­ber of in­ci­dents re­cently.

In June this year San­dra Han­ley, 48, is­sued a warn­ing in the Ex­am­iner that she has the right to shoot an­i­mals caught wor­ry­ing her live­stock af­ter one of her sheep was ‘ripped apart’ in a ‘sav­age’ at­tack by a field ad­ja­cent to Bow­stridge Lane, in Chal­font St Giles.

Miss Han­ley was backed by fel­low farmer Ross Pusey, of Mid­dle Grove Farm, in Che­sham Road, Hyde End, who had 16 of his 18-month-old Suf­folk mule crosses, who were with lamb at the time, chased and killed by two lurchers.

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion which could help po­lice to trace the dog, call Thames Val­ley Po­lice via the 24-hour en­quiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak di­rectly to the po­lice then you can con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

No per­sonal de­tails are taken, in­for­ma­tion is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

At­tacks: Sheep have been killed in a num­ber of in­ci­dents in Bucks

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