Second dog attack leaves sheep dead

Chris Green, with two lambs killed by dogs and one injured, at Till Carr Farm, Lightcliffe.
Chris Green, with two lambs killed by dogs and one injured, at Till Carr Farm, Lightcliffe.

AN angry farmer has hit out at inconsiderate dog owners after his sheep were attacked - for the second time in two weeks.

In the most recent attack, one of Chris Green’s ewes was killed at Till Carr Farm, Lightcliffe, and its two young lambs are missing.

The incident comes just a fortnight after three of his lambs were savaged by stray dogs.

“I went out in the morning and found the dead ewe lying in the stream. I have been out looking for the lambs and can only assume that the fox has had them.

“It is so distressing to come across this. Dog owners should think hard about the consequences before letting their animals off the lead at this time of year.”

Calderdale Council has also urged dog owners to keep their dogs on a short lead during lambing season.

“Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs if they feel their animals are in immediate danger,” said a council spokeswoman. “By keeping dogs on their leads, it ensures that any risk is minimised.”

Anyone with any information about the dog attacks is asked to contact PC Nick Bamforth of the Lower Valley police team on 101.