Farmer's plea after vicious attack

A FARMER in Steynton is pleading with dog walkers to keep pets on a lead after one of his sheep was brutally attacked and another seriously injured.

Gareth Newing, who keeps a smallholding near the Mount Woods, also lost several chickens in the attack, which happened at around 1pm on Wednesday, January 8.

The sheep – which was in lamb with twins – had flesh torn from its face, its tail and ears ripped off, and chunks taken out of it, and had to be put down as a result.

Another ewe was left severely injured, with one ear ripped off and another left hanging on by a thread.

Mr Newing said the dogs responsible for the attack were Staffordshire bull terriers or a similar breed.

He said the animals were first spotted attacking chickens in his garden, but after being disturbed they moved into a nearby field, where his flock of 20 sheep is kept.

Mr Newing is concerned about how the stress of the attack will impact on the rest of his sheep, all of which are in lamb.

“Sheep are inherently petrified of dogs,” he said. “I could potentially have lost all of this year’s lambs.”

The cost implications if his flock miscarries are also high, with Mr Newing usually earning around £70 for each lamb. This is on top of the thousands of pounds Mr Newing feels he now needs to spend on reinforcing the perimeter of his land to prevent future attacks.

He added that, as the area is near to a public footpath, the dogs could easily have targeted a child.

“If there are dogs running around wild without a lead, that’s a danger to humans too,” said Mr Newing.

“The only real solution is for people to be responsible and keep their dogs on a lead.”

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2:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Welsh Hillbilly says...

Most dog owners don't care,and will take no notice of the farmer's wishes.It is just another form of vandalism.
Most dog owners don't care,and will take no notice of the farmer's wishes.It is just another form of vandalism. Welsh Hillbilly
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4:24pm Wed 22 Jan 14

power71 says...

most farmers have a right to shoot dead dogs that worry sheep and i have some friends who farm & have seen damage that can be done by dogs attacking sheep !
most farmers have a right to shoot dead dogs that worry sheep and i have some friends who farm & have seen damage that can be done by dogs attacking sheep ! power71
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8:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

power71 wrote:
most farmers have a right to shoot dead dogs that worry sheep and i have some friends who farm & have seen damage that can be done by dogs attacking sheep !
Why shoot dead dogs? Farmers must be pure evil if that is true. Let them rest in peace not go round shooting their corpses. Unbelievable.
[quote][p][bold]power71[/bold] wrote: most farmers have a right to shoot dead dogs that worry sheep and i have some friends who farm & have seen damage that can be done by dogs attacking sheep ![/p][/quote]Why shoot dead dogs? Farmers must be pure evil if that is true. Let them rest in peace not go round shooting their corpses. Unbelievable. Hyper-injunctions
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12:51am Thu 23 Jan 14

power71 says...

power71 wrote:
most farmers have a right to shoot dead dogs that worry sheep and i have some friends who farm & have seen damage that can be done by dogs attacking sheep !
Ok lets put it another way farmers can shoot dogs on their land if they are worrying or attacking their live stock sheep /cattle /etc if that,s satisfactory grammer ! but most sensible dog owners would always have their dogs on a lead when walking them also shooting a corpse is a bad idea & waste of cartridges as well ! ok hyper injunctions oh by the way i do not shoot ok !
[quote][p][bold]power71[/bold] wrote: most farmers have a right to shoot dead dogs that worry sheep and i have some friends who farm & have seen damage that can be done by dogs attacking sheep ![/p][/quote]Ok lets put it another way farmers can shoot dogs on their land if they are worrying or attacking their live stock sheep /cattle /etc if that,s satisfactory grammer ! but most sensible dog owners would always have their dogs on a lead when walking them also shooting a corpse is a bad idea & waste of cartridges as well ! ok hyper injunctions oh by the way i do not shoot ok ! power71
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4:18pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Staffiez says...

Please stop reporting a attack was by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier when the breed is unknown!
"Staffordshire bull terriers or a similar breed" DOES NOT make it a Staffie.
I'm sick of the bad press these dogs get even when it is not their fault!
Please stop reporting a attack was by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier when the breed is unknown! "Staffordshire bull terriers or a similar breed" DOES NOT make it a Staffie. I'm sick of the bad press these dogs get even when it is not their fault! Staffiez
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