Sheep savaged in dog attack

A dog attack left this sheep bleeding badly and in need of urgent help

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A savage dog attack on a sheep at a North Connel farm has been reported to police.

Julie Campbell of Achnacreebeag Farm made the shocking discovery yesterday morning when she was checking her flock.

Two of her pet Suffolk sheep were missing and it was during her search she found one of them, a one-year-old gimmer, covered in blood and teeth marks but was still alive.

The injured sheep was rushed to Oban Vets who managed to stitch its horrific wounds.

Julie said: ‘It was not a pleasant sight. She is lucky to still be alive. We are hoping for the best.

‘No one has come forward to own up it was their dog. No one saw anything. I’ve reported it to the police.’

About 200 other commercial sheep also share the fields at Julie’s family-run farm, this is not the first time her livestock has been attacked by out-of-control dogs.

‘We’ve had quite a few attacks over the years but she is the first to have survived. It was obviously a big dog that did this to her.

‘I would never want to shoot a dog but the harsh reality of it is that if a dog is deemed out of control by a farmer – it can be shot, even if it’s on an extendable lead. If it’s away from its owner and pinning a sheep down – it’s still out-of-control.’

‘Dogs need to be kept on leads. Stay away from livestock. Argyll has thousands of other acres to walk in. It’s very easy to stress sheep and it’s extremely dangerous at lambing time. Even if you can’t see any lambs in a field, the worry can cause a pregnant sheep to abort.’

Caption: A dog attack left this sheep bleeding badly and in need of urgent help