Police issue appeal after dog attack leaves 12 sheep dead

One of the dead sheep. (s)
One of the dead sheep. (s)
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Police are appealing for information after 12 sheep were killed after they were involved in a dog attack in a Ribble Valley field.

Two ewes and their five full term lambs plus five other full term lambs aborted as a result of the attack which happened between 6 am and 3-30 pm on Friday in a field between Wiswell and Pendleton.

Clitheroe PCSO Di Bioletti, who has released photos of the aftermath of the attack, said: “This photo is upsetting enough – but it has been edited as the reality is too upsetting to publish.

“There is no excuse for letting a dog worry sheep. Ewes are lambing now so are even more vulnerable to dog attacks.

“Injury caused by a dog worrying any stock – including sheep, horses, cattle, poultry – is classed as a criminal matter and is dealt with accordingly.”

She added: “The total cost to the farmer in monetary terms is significant, but in terms of the time and effort that has gone into the breeding of a flock it can be soul destroying. In this case one of the ewes was a pedigree whose bloodline cannot be replaced.”

Anyone who saw anything which may lead the police to identify the dog or the owner should please call 101 quoting reference EG1601208.