A pet dog was shot and killed by a farmer in front of its “horrified” owner.
The dog reportedly broke free from its leash and attacked a sheep on a farm on March 13. However, when the dog did not respond to its owner’s attempts to call the creature back, the farmer shot it, police said.
Cheshire Police and Rural Crime Team shared information about the “very sad event”, which happened in Cheshire, on their Facebook page, warning other dog owners to keep the control of their pets to prevent such incidents from occurring, writes North Wales Live.
Sergeant Simpson said: “A dog broke off its leash and proceeded to worry a number of sheep by injuring one, leaving it with bite marks on its nose and under its chin. This horrific incident was observed by the owner who tried to call the dog back, but he wouldn’t come back.
“Many attempts were made by the dog owner and the farmer who arrived on the scene, before they had no other choice.
“Once again, everyone present witnessed the action taken and it is heartbreaking for everyone involved. No one wants to shoot a pet, but it is clear in the law that someone who protects his livestock has this option available to him.
“Ask yourself, if my dog has gotten off the leash, am I happy that he is listening to my commands? Do I really have ‘control’?
“If you are unsure, please keep him away from livestock, even if you are using a leash.” An officer at the scene of the incident in Disley said everyone involved, including the farmer and the owner of the dog, is cooperating with police.
A few days earlier, Sergeant Simpson had shared a letter on the Rural Crime Team Facebook page that had been placed on the doorstep of a local farmer. The note said:
“We have pregnant sheep in this field. We just asked the vet to put down a pregnant sheep. Please keep your dogs on a leash. They cannot attack but can still scare and chase our sheep.”
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