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'What if this had been done to a child?'

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

  • Carole Allen of Lanner in the field where her sheep was attacked by a dog. for Jason. Ref : TRGH20140113A-002_C

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A FARMER near Redruth is calling for dog-walkers to take more responsibility for their pets after one of her pregnant ewes was mauled – and warned that a child could be next.

Carole and Keith Allen, owners of Hope Farm, keep a small flock of sheep in fields on the side of Carn Marth.

But on Boxing Day Mrs Allen was alerted that a terrier had backed one of the in-lamb ewes into a corner of the field and was, she said, "busy biting and pulling at the face of the poor ewe".

She said the dog entered the field through a gate.

She has now urged owners to keep their dogs on leads when near fields containing farm animals, as laid down in the Countryside Code.

Mrs Allen said: "The dog ran off when we approached.

"Although injured, the ewe didn't need a vet so we were lucky this time."

This is the second time the Allens' flock has been attacked by a dog.

In the first incident a lamb was scalped and had one of its eyelids torn in half and an ear ripped off.

Mrs 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 can't help but fear this dog will attack again, and maybe next time it won't be a sheep but a small child walking on Carn Marth."

The answer lay with owners, she said: "We can be responsible dog- owners and follow the Countryside Code, keeping our dogs on leads 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," she said.

"Alerting the authorities if such dogs are encountered would be a useful act and could prevent a serious accident."

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  • tiredman  |  January 16 2014, 4:07PM

    Dear Madams/Sirs, I have never posted any comment before. However, this case makes me angry, indeed. I was myself a victim of irresponsible dogs owners. It is not, only the matter of farming areas; I was nearly assaulted, walking on the public sidewalk, near a town estate community. It was late and quite dark, all of a sudden I heard snarling. Luckily, I was able to move back and change my route (nevertheless, I was very distressed and late at work). Walking on the public roads/areas, near certain farms is extremely dangerous. At one time, I had to walk near the farms, when the gates and entire estate surroundings were never properly secured (there were large dogs on those premises.) At some occasion, I was even aggressively approached by several dogs when I was leavening my friend house (located nearby other farms and estates). I am very sorry what had happened to this poor, harmless ewe. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. & Mr. Allen. I am glad the ewe is feeling better now. It's high time, the law protect citizens against those vicious attacks and bring to justice the dogs owners who endanger life and health of others. I presume, it is the time to start filling law suits to the full extend of the law, just like in the USA. Sincerely.

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