Sheep 'traumatised' in Tawstock dog attack

POLICE are appealing for information following a sheep worrying incident near Tawstock, Barnstaple. One sheep drowned and six suffered bite injuries following a suspected dog attack at Hollamoor Barton, Eastacome, between 11.30am and 1pm on Thursday. Two

POLICE are appealing for information following a sheep worrying incident near Tawstock, Barnstaple.

One sheep drowned and six suffered bite injuries following a suspected dog attack at Hollamoor Barton, Eastacome, between 11.30am and 1pm on Thursday.

Two of the 49-strong flock - all of which were in lamb and said to be "severely traumatised" by the attack - were found in a dyke two days later.

Sheep owner Francis Thorne, who told the Gazette his animals had been the victims of three similar attacks in the last seven weeks, was alerted by a member of the public who had seen an injured sheep running down the road.


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When Mr Thorne, of Higher Uppacott Farm, found the sheep they were scattered over five different fields, while some were stuck up to their necks in mud.

Police Community Support Officer PCSO Tony Charles urged anyone who may have seen either anything suspicious or any unsupervised dogs in the area to contact police on 08452 777 444 and quote log no179 05.02.10.

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