A pregnant ewe has died following a second dog attack on sheep in less than a fortnight in West Sussex.
A further two animals were also left with neck bites following the incident at Cissbury Ring yesterday morning (Friday, 2).
Police said the dog is thought to be the same one that seriously injured three ewes on January 20.
Sergeant Tom Carter said:
“I am frankly astounded how whoever owns this dog can return and let their animal wreak havoc once again.
“We know that some dogs will attack sheep and their owners are horrified at how their docile pets can quickly turn into killers.
“However, if as we believe this is the same dog, then its owner’s action is recklessly irresponsible.”
Officers have now released a video showing the first attack following an appeal by the National Farmers’ Union.
Warning: Some readers may find the footage distressing.
Police said the dog has been described as a big animal with a tan body and white forequarters, head and tail, as well as having a long face.
Sergeant Carter added:
“There is a second black dog in the video, but we don’t think that was involved in the attack and wasn’t seen during the second incident.
“However, its owner may have important information that could help us identify the other dog and I would urge them to get in touch.
“We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock.
“So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done, but they have to accept that even the most docile of pets can quickly turn into a killer given the opportunity.
“A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don’t take the risk.”
Anyone with information is asked to report it online here, or call 101 quoting reference number 493 of 02/02.