Acton farmer warns dog walkers to keep pets under control, after sheep seriously injured in vicious attack
A vicious attack, which left a sheep with significant injuries, has led to an Acton farmer warning dog walkers to control their pets, or he could have to take serious action.
The sheep was discovered bleeding and in distress by residents in Vicarage Lane, Acton on Monday, January 7, having escaped the field where it was grazing in a panic after being mauled by a dog that had been let off its lead.
It was attacked through the fence of a field on the former airfield sometime between 7.30am and 8.30am, which runs adjacent to a well-used walking route.
The ewe was subsequently treated for wounds to its neck and backside.
Farmer Jamie Gregory, who owns the sheep, said there are signs on the path warning people to leash their dogs around livestock, but they are often ignored or torn down, with some vandalised as recently as last week.
“It’s a particularly ignorant thing to do,” he told the Free Press. “It seems the more signs you put up, the more belligerent that some people become.
“I had to stitch that poor sheep up. It’s a horrible sight when you come to look at the sheep and you worry ‘what will I find now?’
“It’s a criminal offence if a dog gets in here and starts chasing the animals. If I’m there, I think I’m well within my right to shoot it dead.
“People shouldn’t take that risk. There’s no way that anyone can guarantee the reaction of a dog. They need to put their dogs on leads when they are within the vicinity of animals.”
Mr Gregory added that he felt the police response had been lacklustre, stating that, while he understood police resources are limited, the lack of a deterrent means offenders know “they have nothing to fear”.
Anybody who has any information about the attack on January 7 should contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 37/1687/19.