01:50PM, Monday 17 October 2016
Vets were faced with a horrific sight after a ‘savage’ dog attack meant six sheep had to be put down.
The RSPCA were called to Queen Mother Reservoir in Datchet on October 6 by a walker who found a bleeding sheep.
This was the same day a mutilated deer and dead dog were found in the same area in what appears to be a spate of savage attacks.
Inspector Maxine Jones who attended the scene with police said they were 'faced with a horrific sight’.
The ewe was in agony and bleeding heavily from injuries to her face which were so extreme that her jaw was exposed.
The vet was left with no other option than to euthanise the animal.
They called owner and shepherd Hollie Levinge, whose family have kept sheep in the area for more than 30 years.
By the time she reached the rest of her flock, she found another five ewes with severe injuries and bleeding heavily from their faces and legs.
Hollie said: “My ewes were in a state of terrible shock. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I loaded them onto a trailer straight away and took them back to my farm, but they were so badly injured I had to have them all put to sleep too.
“I just can’t understand how somebody could allow their dogs to commit such a savage attack on six sheep, it’s just terrible.
“This is our family business and we rely on people with dogs to be responsible around our flock as they graze on private land.
“We are so devastated and can only hope that on hearing about this people will take note and be that extra bit careful with their dogs.”
Inspector Jones said: “This is the worst attack on sheep I have ever seen during my time working as an RSPCA inspector, it is truly awful.
“We want to reiterate to dog owners that there is there is a very simple way to stop these attacks – keep your dog on a lead around livestock and wildlife.
“The aftermath of these attacks cause extreme stress, injuries and sometimes death to the sheep, as in this horrific incident. Dog owners should also remember that they could be prosecuted and their dog could be shot if they are caught worrying sheep.
Inspector Jones is calling for anyone with information of the ‘awful attack'.
She added: “The dog(s) who attacked these sheep will almost certainly have been covered in blood themselves, so even if the dog had run off and attacked the sheep without the owner present, they would most certainly have noticed the blood.
“If dog owners can spread the word about being responsible around livestock that will really help too. Many dogs, if given the opportunity, will chase or show interest in livestock and or wildlife so even if your pet is normally calm, gentle, obedient and docile, don’t be complacent; they can be still be a danger.”
Information can be reported in confidence to 0300 123 8018.
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