Keep dogs on lead

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A FARMER’S wife is plead­ing with dog walk­ers to keep their pets on a lead, af­ter one of her ewes was sav­aged by a dog in the third at­tack on stock over the past month.

Pamela Thomas had taken her mother-in-law to the doc­tor’s on Mon­day and re­turned to find the farm in a state of chaos.

One of her ewes was badly hurt with her leg “al­most hang­ing off” while other sheep – in­clud­ing the ewe’s two lambs – had been chased and were scat­tered over the farm.

Mrs Thomas, 58, farms at Pen­traeth, An­gle­sey, and is near the beach with pub­lic foot­paths at the front and back,

She said: “I had to call the vet to put her to sleep, be­cause she was so badly in­jured, leav­ing two lit­tle seven-week-old lambs with­out their mum. She was still alive (when I found her) but noth­ing could be done for her.

“We’re not ask­ing a lot, just put your dogs on a lead when you’re near stock, please.

“These (at­tacks) are eas­ily avoid­able, there is no ex­cuse for it what­so­ever.” The at­tack comes af­ter three of her hens were killed by dogs.

In a sep­a­rate at­tack, a lamb sur­vived a maul­ing by a dog.

Mrs Thomas said: “This time, the dog had pushed her to a gate. A ram had jumped over and es­caped. But the dog had ripped the side of the ewe with its teeth and mauled her back. The vet said it was a big dog.

“It’s a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence. Peo­ple in­sist on walk­ing their dogs and let­ting them off with­out leads on our land. It’s their job to keep them on leads. It’s very stress­ful. They just let them run wild. It’s not good enough.

“At least two or three dogs a day are in the field. That’s why we have put ponies there to put them off. The own­ers would be mor­ti­fied if their dogs were at­tacked.”

She claimed that, on some oc­ca­sions, run­ners wear­ing head­phones al­lowed their dogs to run wild.

“It’s not rocket science. Put your an­i­mal on a lead, please.”

The Thomases have tried to put up warn­ing signs which are ei­ther then bro­ken or de­faced.

The ewe which had to be put to sleep by a vet af­ter it suf­fered a ter­ri­ble maul­ing by an out-of­con­trol dog at a farm near the beach at Pen­traeth, An­gle­sey

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