A farmer near Redruth is calling for “responsible dog walking” after a pregnant ewe had its face mauled by a dog.
Carole and Keith Allen, owners of Hope Farm, keep a small flock of sheep in fields on the side of Carn Marth hill outside of Redruth.
But on Boxing Day Mrs Allen was alerted that a bull terrier had backed one of the in-lamb ewes into a corner of the field and was “busy biting and pulling at the face of the poor ewe.”
She has now urged for dogs to be kept on leads near fields with farm animals in, as outlined in the countryside code.
Mrs Allen said: “The dog which was a small white and black Bull terrier ran off when we approached. Although injured, the ewe did not need a vet so we were lucky this time.”
This is the second time the Allens’ flock have been attacked by a dog.
They were not so lucky first time around when one of their lambs was scalped, had its eye-lid split in half, and an ear ripped off in a vicious dog attack.
Ms Allen said: “Yes we needed a vet, yes we contacted the police and yes, we contacted the council. But what can be done after the event?
“After seeing this last attack I cannot help but fear this dog will attack again and may be next time it will not be a sheep but a small child walking on Carn Marth.
“We can be responsible dog owners and follow the Countryside code, keeping our dogs on a lead near fields with farm animals.
“It must be of some concern to livestock owners and families walking with small children that dogs capable of such attacks are loose on public footpaths.
“Alerting the authorities if such dogs are encountered would be a useful act and could prevent a serious accident.”