Tearful sheep owner finds flock of lambs have been ripped apart by dog

Tearful sheep owner vows to SHOOT any dogs found on her land after her flock of four-month-old lambs were ripped apart by mystery intruder

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Louise Dace, 46, said she found body parts strewn around field in West Sussex
  • Seven sheep died at Coppedhall Farm and Stud and it’s been reported to police
  • She warned that she will shoot any dogs who are found on the loose on her land

A farm owner was left in tears when she was greeted with the horrific sight of her flock of four-month-old lambs which had been ripped apart by a dog.

Louise Dace, 46, of Billingshurst, West Sussex, who owns and runs Coppedhall Farm and Stud, said she found body parts strewn around the field where ten sheep lived.

Seven of them died in the attack which Ms Dace has reported to police, and she warned that she will shoot any dogs who are found on the loose on her land.

Louise Dace, 46, was left in tears when she was greeted with the horrific sight of her flock of four-month-old lambs which had been ripped apart by a dog

She said: ‘I was devastated to find that my flock of lambs have been destroyed by a vicious dog attack. I am absolutely heartbroken.

Ms Dace described ‘heads, bodies, legs everywhere’ and hit out at irresponsible dog owners, urging them to control their pets. She said: ‘It just makes me angry. 

Louise Dace, of Billingshurst, West Sussex, owns and runs Coppedhall Farm and Stud

‘They just don’t give any consideration to people with land and what we do for our animals. I have had people just walk through here and leave gates open. 

‘They just don’t realise these simple mistakes can be easily avoided but they cost us money. All the blood, sweat and tears has gone to waste in a flash.’

She has reported the gruesome attack to police, and issued a stern warning to dog owners, saying: ‘Any dog found to be trespassing will be shot’ 

NFU Mutual, the farming industry’s insurers, said there had been a rise in dog attacks since lockdown began and owners sought exercise in the fields near their homes.

In the North East of England alone, attacks rose by 113.5 per cent to over £240,000 in 2020, and the trend has continued this year.

A survey commissioned by NFU Mutual in January this year revealed that more than six in ten owners are letting their dogs roam free in the countryside.

This is despite numerous warnings that farmers will shoot to kill. Half of owners admitted their dog doesn’t always come back when called.

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