Horrific attack on sheep is fourth in three months

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A FARMING couple who found one of their sheep mauled to death have pleaded with dog walkers to keep their animals on a lead.

The sheep was found at Wittenham Clumps near Wallingford last Monday with a leg torn off and its innards spilling out.

A passer-by called farmers Dan and Lauren Marriott, who went to the scene but found they were too late to save the animal.

They say it is the fourth case of one of their sheep being attacked by a dog since they started running the farm in October.

Now they have put out a plea for dog walkers to keep their animals under better control.

Mrs Marriott, 28, said: “This was such a severe attack the sheep had its insides ripped out.

“It has probably died from shock or its injuries pretty quickly.

“It costs us up to £350 every time we lose a sheep, but it’s also quite heart-wrenching.”

Allowing an animal to attack livestock like sheep is a criminal offence, but so far the Marriotts have not reported any of the attacks to police.

Instead, they are hoping to appeal to the good nature of dog walkers.

She said: “People don’t want to even consider that their dog would do something like that, which is ignorant.”

Mr Marriott, 33, said: “When a sheep dies it is always very upsetting. But when that death could have been avoided and is so brutal, it is all the more distressing.

“We urge dog walkers to be responsible and keep their pets on a lead whilst walking in fields where the sheep are grazing – and encourage others to do the same.”

The most recent incident before last Monday’s incident, occurred shortly before Christmas. The couple said two sheep, both pregnant, were attacked by the same dog. One sheep had eight bite marks in its flesh.

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A volunteer warden for the Earth Trust, which owns the land the farm is on, happened to spot the sheep in trouble.

Mrs Marriott said: “He found them and was very distressed, but we managed to save those sheep by stitching them back together.”

The Earth Trust backed calls for dog walkers on Wittenham Clumps to make sure their animals were on a lead.

Spokesman Kirsty Warren said: “Sheep disturbed by dogs often die from injuries.

“At this time of the year many sheep are carrying lambs, or have lambs at foot and any stress caused by dogs, usually results in a painful death of both sheep.

“Please keep your dogs on leads where sheep are grazing to reduce stress to the animals, and to prevent unnecessary deaths.”

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4:52pm Mon 20 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

Dan and Lauren Marriott really need to report this to the police, rather than the OM!. Maybe this is a feral dog or a dog with a feral owner!!
Dan and Lauren Marriott really need to report this to the police, rather than the OM!. Maybe this is a feral dog or a dog with a feral owner!! cuckoo

10:48pm Mon 20 Jan 14

lil_miss_ME says...

I think farmers should put notices up on the entrances to fields. By me there is a field which is often empty for months on end, then suddenly has livestock put in it again. also, the shape and size of the field, If the animals are up the top end you can't see them til you are halfway into the field! So far our only issue was with cows, and my dog wasn't interested in them, but in keeping his distance from them he didn't want to come back to us either! The cows were coming towards us, and as it was, they were just being inquisitive, but was a bit scary as I didn't know what they wanted to start with! I know it's the farmers field, and he has every right to his animals in their to be safe, but sometimes advanced warning would be useful as sometimes the dogs who would normally be perfectly tame, can get scared by the animals and it's only in their nature to protect themselves!
I think farmers should put notices up on the entrances to fields. By me there is a field which is often empty for months on end, then suddenly has livestock put in it again. also, the shape and size of the field, If the animals are up the top end you can't see them til you are halfway into the field! So far our only issue was with cows, and my dog wasn't interested in them, but in keeping his distance from them he didn't want to come back to us either! The cows were coming towards us, and as it was, they were just being inquisitive, but was a bit scary as I didn't know what they wanted to start with! I know it's the farmers field, and he has every right to his animals in their to be safe, but sometimes advanced warning would be useful as sometimes the dogs who would normally be perfectly tame, can get scared by the animals and it's only in their nature to protect themselves! lil_miss_ME

11:11pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?
Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

6:59am Tue 21 Jan 14

learnincurve says...

lil_miss_ME wrote:
I think farmers should put notices up on the entrances to fields. By me there is a field which is often empty for months on end, then suddenly has livestock put in it again. also, the shape and size of the field, If the animals are up the top end you can't see them til you are halfway into the field! So far our only issue was with cows, and my dog wasn't interested in them, but in keeping his distance from them he didn't want to come back to us either! The cows were coming towards us, and as it was, they were just being inquisitive, but was a bit scary as I didn't know what they wanted to start with! I know it's the farmers field, and he has every right to his animals in their to be safe, but sometimes advanced warning would be useful as sometimes the dogs who would normally be perfectly tame, can get scared by the animals and it's only in their nature to protect themselves!
This is exactly what people are talking about when they say to keep your dog on a lead. Just because a field is empty today does not mean it will be tomorrow, if you are going in via a blind bend, and the farmer has been nice enough not to have fenced in the public footpath, then you put the lead on first then take it off when you have checked. Just like looking left and right when you cross the road.
[quote][p][bold]lil_miss_ME[/bold] wrote: I think farmers should put notices up on the entrances to fields. By me there is a field which is often empty for months on end, then suddenly has livestock put in it again. also, the shape and size of the field, If the animals are up the top end you can't see them til you are halfway into the field! So far our only issue was with cows, and my dog wasn't interested in them, but in keeping his distance from them he didn't want to come back to us either! The cows were coming towards us, and as it was, they were just being inquisitive, but was a bit scary as I didn't know what they wanted to start with! I know it's the farmers field, and he has every right to his animals in their to be safe, but sometimes advanced warning would be useful as sometimes the dogs who would normally be perfectly tame, can get scared by the animals and it's only in their nature to protect themselves![/p][/quote]This is exactly what people are talking about when they say to keep your dog on a lead. Just because a field is empty today does not mean it will be tomorrow, if you are going in via a blind bend, and the farmer has been nice enough not to have fenced in the public footpath, then you put the lead on first then take it off when you have checked. Just like looking left and right when you cross the road. learnincurve

7:00am Tue 21 Jan 14

learnincurve says...

cuckoo wrote:
Dan and Lauren Marriott really need to report this to the police, rather than the OM!. Maybe this is a feral dog or a dog with a feral owner!!
Why would you assume they have not talked to the police as well? They need to to get a crime number anyway :\
[quote][p][bold]cuckoo[/bold] wrote: Dan and Lauren Marriott really need to report this to the police, rather than the OM!. Maybe this is a feral dog or a dog with a feral owner!![/p][/quote]Why would you assume they have not talked to the police as well? They need to to get a crime number anyway :\ learnincurve

7:02am Tue 21 Jan 14

learnincurve says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?
Yes they are provided they only have one of their dogs with them.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?[/p][/quote]Yes they are provided they only have one of their dogs with them. learnincurve

9:47am Tue 21 Jan 14

djlamb69 says...

@cuckoo
Try reading the OM article, it clearly states,
"so far the Marriotts have not reported any of the attacks to police"
@cuckoo Try reading the OM article, it clearly states, "so far the Marriotts have not reported any of the attacks to police" djlamb69

9:51am Tue 21 Jan 14

djlamb69 says...

SORRY!!
The above comment was @learnincurve not cuckoo.
SORRY!! The above comment was @learnincurve not cuckoo. djlamb69

1:16pm Tue 21 Jan 14

livid99 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?
They certainly should be allowed to. If I was the farmer I would certainly shoot the dog if I saw it off the lead. All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?[/p][/quote]They certainly should be allowed to. If I was the farmer I would certainly shoot the dog if I saw it off the lead. All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals. livid99

2:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

livid99 wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?
They certainly should be allowed to. If I was the farmer I would certainly shoot the dog if I saw it off the lead. All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals.
livid99 wrote: 'All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals'.

WOW...that's a rather sweeping statement! What is your problem with dogs livid99?
Do guide dogs/hearing dogs/police dogs etc. also "disgust" you?
Admittedly some dog OWNERS let their dogs foul in the streets etc. and don't clean up the faeces afterwards..........
not the dogs fault!! As for ALL nice places being ruined by dogs...........where
?
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?[/p][/quote]They certainly should be allowed to. If I was the farmer I would certainly shoot the dog if I saw it off the lead. All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals.[/p][/quote]livid99 wrote: 'All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals'. WOW...that's a rather sweeping statement! What is your problem with dogs livid99? Do guide dogs/hearing dogs/police dogs etc. also "disgust" you? Admittedly some dog OWNERS let their dogs foul in the streets etc. and don't clean up the faeces afterwards.......... not the dogs fault!! As for ALL nice places being ruined by dogs...........where ? cuckoo

3:03pm Tue 21 Jan 14

livid99 says...

cuckoo wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?
They certainly should be allowed to. If I was the farmer I would certainly shoot the dog if I saw it off the lead. All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals.
livid99 wrote: 'All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals'.

WOW...that's a rather sweeping statement! What is your problem with dogs livid99?
Do guide dogs/hearing dogs/police dogs etc. also "disgust" you?
Admittedly some dog OWNERS let their dogs foul in the streets etc. and don't clean up the faeces afterwards..........

not the dogs fault!! As for ALL nice places being ruined by dogs...........where

?
My own opinion after being attacked and badly bitten by a dog when I was a child. Sorry if my opinion offends you, but yes I hate all dogs
[quote][p][bold]cuckoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Are farmers still allowed to shoot dogs worrying their animals ?[/p][/quote]They certainly should be allowed to. If I was the farmer I would certainly shoot the dog if I saw it off the lead. All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals.[/p][/quote]livid99 wrote: 'All nice places are ruined by these disgusting animals'. WOW...that's a rather sweeping statement! What is your problem with dogs livid99? Do guide dogs/hearing dogs/police dogs etc. also "disgust" you? Admittedly some dog OWNERS let their dogs foul in the streets etc. and don't clean up the faeces afterwards.......... not the dogs fault!! As for ALL nice places being ruined by dogs...........where ?[/p][/quote]My own opinion after being attacked and badly bitten by a dog when I was a child. Sorry if my opinion offends you, but yes I hate all dogs livid99

4:13pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

I'm sad that you had such a bad experience livid99.............
......but, please, don't condemn ALL dogs because of this incident.
Rogue dogs happen BUT, by enlarge, it's because of how the owners care for/train them. X
I'm sad that you had such a bad experience livid99............. ......but, please, don't condemn ALL dogs because of this incident. Rogue dogs happen BUT, by enlarge, it's because of how the owners care for/train them. X cuckoo

10:49am Sat 25 Jan 14

the wizard says...

If it is a dog that is doing the attacks, and not a fox for example, then the blame lays with the owner, one for not having the dog on a lead, and two, allowing the re occurrence of the dog attacking the sheep. The solution is simple, firstly shoot the dog as it now thinks attacks are OK and now may attack a child for example, second, the owner is to heavily compensate the farmer with the full value of the sheep plus a surcharge for his inconvenience, stress etc in one lump sum payment, not drip and drab payments that take forever, thirdly the owner should now be barred from keeping any animal as they cannot be trusted to look after and supervise the animal in a proper manner, last a three month term in prison performing all the dirty jobs that have to be done, just to bring home the point what its like for the farmer, tidying up after somebody such as the offender.
If it is a dog that is doing the attacks, and not a fox for example, then the blame lays with the owner, one for not having the dog on a lead, and two, allowing the re occurrence of the dog attacking the sheep. The solution is simple, firstly shoot the dog as it now thinks attacks are OK and now may attack a child for example, second, the owner is to heavily compensate the farmer with the full value of the sheep plus a surcharge for his inconvenience, stress etc in one lump sum payment, not drip and drab payments that take forever, thirdly the owner should now be barred from keeping any animal as they cannot be trusted to look after and supervise the animal in a proper manner, last a three month term in prison performing all the dirty jobs that have to be done, just to bring home the point what its like for the farmer, tidying up after somebody such as the offender. the wizard

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