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Dog blamed for savaging sheep in Chop Gate
A DISTRAUGHT farmer is coming to terms with the loss up to 18 sheep apparently attacked by a loose dog.
George Allison, of Low Cow Helm farm, in Chop Gate, Bilsdale, North Yorkshire, said someone reported one of his animals injured and distressed in a lane close to the farm yesterday.
However, it was only on arrival at the scene that he realised the full extent of the carnage.
“I went to look and realised it had been attacked and found another lot in a field and more on the moors,” he said.
“A lot of them had the flesh from their shoulders ripped off to the bone, their skin totally stripped away.
“They had obviously been chased by a dog and then had their shoulders and legs pulled out when it caught them.
“Many of them were lambs and it will be very distressing for the mothers to now be without their young.”
Mr Allison added: “Sixteen of them were dead or dying, so we had to shoot the ones that were still alive but clearly unable to survive.
“I will have to get a vet to come round tomorrow for the last two and they will probably have to be put down.”
Mr Allison said he had reported the matter to the police.
“My son James and I now have to go and gather them all up – I think some of them belong to two other nearby farmers, but we can’t be sure how many yet,” he said.
“I am still in shock. Nothing like this has happened on my farm for about 25 years, but it is a problem in the countryside and people need to be aware of the damage dogs can do when left off the lead.”
Mr Allison’s wife, Janet, said: “When you spend all your time looking after your animals and developing the bloodlines, it is incredibly upsetting when something like this happens.”
North Yorkshire Police confirmed the incident had been reported, but said the owner of the dog had not yet been identified.
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