Cheshire Police’s Rural Crime Staff has reported that two sheep have died and one other has been significantly injured following a current canine assault.

Police Constable Ashley Tether stated on Fb yesterday (Sunday, January 8) that the assault occurred close to Nice Barrow, Chester.

He issued a plea to any of those that might have related info to contact the agricultural crime crew, as “the proprietor of the canine didn’t do the accountable factor, and didn’t report the matter to the livestock proprietor and the police”.

“As we now have stated it many instances earlier than on our web page, please hold your canine on a lead,” Tether stated.

“We have now heard too many instances ‘my canine wouldn’t do this’ and ‘I’ve walked this route for years’. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to by no means predict the actions of your canine regardless of how effectively behaved or skilled it’s.

“It additionally impacts the livelihood of the livestock proprietor such because the time spent buying the animal, rearing the sheep and the opposite prices concerned.

“All livestock assaults we obtain in Cheshire are handled robustly by the agricultural crime crew.

“So as soon as once more, please hold your canine on a lead round any livestock, bovine or different stored animals in fields.”

Canine assault

The information comes after nearly 30 pregnant sheep had been reported to have been killed in a suspected canine assault in Kent over Christmas final Tuesday (January 3).

The assault occurred between Christmas Day (December 25) and Boxing Day (December 26) and 27 lifeless ewes had been found.

In a press release, PC Marc Pennicott of Kent Police’s Rural Process Power stated the incident was “very distressing” and that it’s “probably the worst livestock assault we now have ever had”.

“The sheep would have been petrified and had no means of escaping. [Some] had been pregnant with twins or triplets.

“We consider they could have been attacked by one canine however can’t rule out that extra canines might have additionally been accountable,” he added.