Suffolk Police joins Acton farmer's appeal after multiple dog attacks on sheep
Recent dog attacks in south Suffolk, which resulted in sheep sustaining serious injuries, have led police to join a farmer’s appeal for people to keep control of their pets.
The Free Press reported earlier this month on the warning to dog walkers by Acton farmer Jamie Gregory, who said he would be forced to shoot any dog that got loose in his fields and attacked his livestock.
This followed an incident on January 7, when one of his sheep was found in Vicarage Lane with severe injuries to its neck and backside, after being chased from a field by a dog between 6am and 10am.
Mr Gregory told the Free Press: “I don’t think most people know it’s a criminal offence.
“People just need to put dogs on leads. If a dog gets in here and I’m there, they won’t have a dog any more. They should not take that chance.”
He added that a number of warning signs located on the walking path adjacent to his field, which urge people to keep their dogs under control when near to animals, have been vandalised in recent weeks.
Suffolk Police has since confirmed that, on the same day, a similar incident occurred in the vicinity of Powney Street in Milden, where a dog badly injured a sheep inside its pen.
Sergeant Brian Calver, from Suffolk Constabulary’s rural crime team, said: “Despite repeated appeals, attacks on sheep and livestock by dogs continue to happen across our county.
“We recognise that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and take appropriate action to keep their pets under control around livestock.
“Farmers have a right to shoot any dogs that are attacking livestock and nobody wants to see this happen.
“I would remind dog owners, or those walking dogs, that they are responsible for any damage that the dog in their care may commit.”
Anybody with information about either of these incidents is asked to get in touch with Suffolk Police by calling 101.
The reference code is 37/1687/19 for the first incident and 37/1722/19 for the second incident.
Or, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.