Shepherd’s plea after savage dog attack on sheep in Attleborough

One of the two Welsh mule ewes from David Cross' flock which he believes were attacked by a dog in their field at Attleborough. Photo: Bill Smith One of the two Welsh mule ewes from David Cross' flock which he believes were attacked by a dog in their field at Attleborough. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
11:51 AM

A shepherd is pleading with dog owners to keep their pets on leads near livestock after two of his ewes’ faces were savaged so badly in an attack that it took a vet two hours and more than 60 stitches to repair their horrific wounds.

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One of the two Welsh mule ewes from David Cross' flock which he believes were attacked by a dog in their field at Attleborough. Photo: Bill SmithOne of the two Welsh mule ewes from David Cross' flock which he believes were attacked by a dog in their field at Attleborough. Photo: Bill Smith

The sheep, who all have lambs at foot, were grazing on private land at Borough Common, Attleborough, on Saturday when shepherd David Cross from Wymondham discovered the bloodied animals.

“The worst injured had the side of her face completely ripped off and the skin was just hanging there,” he said.

He believes the sheep were attacked by a dog whose owner may have witnessed the attack and managed to catch the animal before it did any more damage, but then left the animals in agonising pain by not reporting it.

“I have had dog attacks before and had sheep killed so the fact this was just two injured and not killed makes me believe there was someone there to get the dog away. It’s disgusting that they could leave these sheep wounded and in distress.”

He said the ewes would have been protecting their lambs and would have faced the dog rather than try to run away.

Although the vet managed to repair the wounds the sheep are not out of the woods. One of the ewes is suffering from facial paralysis and is unable to eat, putting her life, and the lives of her two lambs at risk.

Vet Hannah Kelly, who runs Wood Farm Vets in Wymondham, and who treated the sheep in the field said it was the worst attack she had seen in which the animals had survived.

Police are investigating the attack which is thought to have happened during Saturday morning. Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police on 101.

Have you got a Wymondham story? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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