Police issue appeal after dog attack leaves 12 sheep dead

One of the dead sheep. (s)
One of the dead sheep. (s)

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.