Anger as sheep are killed and mauled by dogs
MORE than a dozen sheep have been killed, with many others badly wounded, in East Bergholt.
A total of 16 sheep were found dead on a field or in the river on Whitehorse Marsh, at the bottom of Dazeley’s Lane, this morning.
A further 20 sheep were visibly injured from the attack which happened during the weekend.
Rupert Eley, the landowner, said it was devastating so many sheep had died and that others were hobbling around with their ears bitten off.
“It’s been happening locally – and in my opinion I think it’s the same two dogs killing sheep,” he said.
“The police have been here today and they are fully aware of it.”
Mr Eley said it’s a tragedy for the shepherd who loves the sheep.
“If anybody sees dogs chasing or hunting sheep they should record it on their phones and report it to the police,” he added.
“The recordings could help the police.”
The landowner was also concerned how the killings would impact the local birdlife.
The field is an important breeding site for wading birds – such as Redshanks – which prefer short grass.
Mr Eley said having sheep graze on the field enables the grass to remain short for the wading birds.
He said: “If there are no sheep, then there may not be any breeding waders.”
The incident comes less than two months after a flock of sheep had to be put down after they were attacked.
Police were called on November 5, with reports the sheep had been attacked the previous day on land at a farm in Chequers Road, Little Bromley.
The animals were put down due to the seriousness of their injuries, which were believed to have been caused by dogs.
Anyone with information on the latest incident is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101.