Sheep killed in two separate dog attacks
Police eager for information after twelve animals are killed in field
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