Dogs kill £1,500 worth of sheep

Farmer James Bourne who has had his lambs and sheep attacked by dogs on Ty Dda Farm, near the Varteg (5679754)

Farmer James Bourne who has had his lambs and sheep attacked by dogs on Ty Dda Farm, near the Varteg (5679750)

First published in News

A FARMER lost over half of his lambs in a dog attack.

James Bourne, 21, said he had never seen such an incident in the eight years he has been at Ty Dda Farm in Varteg.

He was alerted to the dog attack at midnight on Friday.

He said: “I went outside and saw three husky-type dogs that were attacking the lambs.”

He telephoned a friend for help. One dog was shot dead while the other two ran off towards a nearby estate.

The incident lasted until 5am and, in total, ten lambs were killed and one ewe, out of a herd of 19 lambs and 18 ewes.

The Argus has pictures of the lambs killed in the attack, but we felt they were too graphic to publish.

Mr Bourne said: “I have at least six other lambs that have been bitten, who have been treated, but, unfortunately, I don’t think that they will survive. People do not understand the problem that dogs can cause to livestock.”

He explained that some of the lambs would have been sold but some would have been used for breeding.

He estimates his loss is at least £1,500 for the dead lambs.

He said: “Farming is hard enough as it is. A lot of effort goes into raising sheep and it’s hard when something like this undoes your hard work.

"I want to warn people that if they have dogs hey should make sure that they can’t escape from their premises as it could end in such an incident happening.”

The owner of the dog that was shot, now identified as being a family pet called Fonzie, said he was upset to hear what his pet had done.

Trevor Tenneally explained that the dog, that had been a part of his family for three years, jumped a six foot high fence that enclosed his garden.

After he realised that the dog had run away he spent hours looking for him and posted information up on social media sites in hope that other people might spot him.

He said: “My dog paid the ultimate price but I agree that the farmer did the right thing to protect his animals.

"It’s very upsetting to realise that your pet can do such a thing.”

Gwent Police confirmed that they were called to the farm at 1.25am.

Anyone with information about the dogs can ring 101 and quote the log 34/ 250414.

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12:57pm Tue 29 Apr 14

welshmen says...

I hope the owner is reported, if found a custodial sentence for being unable to control the Dogs....plus full compensation, what the lambs would bring at auction....
I hope the owner is reported, if found a custodial sentence for being unable to control the Dogs....plus full compensation, what the lambs would bring at auction.... welshmen
  • Score: 11

1:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

b3talover says...

welshmen wrote:
I hope the owner is reported, if found a custodial sentence for being unable to control the Dogs....plus full compensation, what the lambs would bring at auction....
The dogs ran off to the local estate. It would be difficult to find the owner. The dogs might not be owned and could be stray. The "husky" type breed is very popular and so many residents on the estate might have them. A lot of dogs fit into the husky type criteria so there is plenty of chance for error. Under the Animals Act 1971 the case would be a civil case and so the owner, if found would not go to prison. Also, if the owner does not have the funds to pay, then the farmer would only get a small amount per month.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: I hope the owner is reported, if found a custodial sentence for being unable to control the Dogs....plus full compensation, what the lambs would bring at auction....[/p][/quote]The dogs ran off to the local estate. It would be difficult to find the owner. The dogs might not be owned and could be stray. The "husky" type breed is very popular and so many residents on the estate might have them. A lot of dogs fit into the husky type criteria so there is plenty of chance for error. Under the Animals Act 1971 the case would be a civil case and so the owner, if found would not go to prison. Also, if the owner does not have the funds to pay, then the farmer would only get a small amount per month. b3talover
  • Score: -1

2:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

The owner of the shot dog is named in the article above, in which he is also quoted.
The owner of the shot dog is named in the article above, in which he is also quoted. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 11

3:56pm Tue 29 Apr 14

bobbajob says...

Pictures too graphic! Lol, I have all sorts of dead animals in my fridge, including lamb. On a serious note, I feel sorry for both parties here
Pictures too graphic! Lol, I have all sorts of dead animals in my fridge, including lamb. On a serious note, I feel sorry for both parties here bobbajob
  • Score: -7

8:01pm Tue 29 Apr 14

irisheyes says...

Now get the government to bring back licencing of dogs then maybe people would think twice before owning a dog,also irresponsible breeding of these dogs just because they're in fashion at the moment is doing no-one any favours,least of all the dogs as a lot are ending up with people who don't know(or care)how powerful they can be and the damage they can cause.I own a dog and am a pensioner but i would gladly pay a licence fee if there was proper punishment for not having one
Now get the government to bring back licencing of dogs then maybe people would think twice before owning a dog,also irresponsible breeding of these dogs just because they're in fashion at the moment is doing no-one any favours,least of all the dogs as a lot are ending up with people who don't know(or care)how powerful they can be and the damage they can cause.I own a dog and am a pensioner but i would gladly pay a licence fee if there was proper punishment for not having one irisheyes
  • Score: 11

9:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

b3talover says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
The owner of the shot dog is named in the article above, in which he is also quoted.
Apologies - you must have updated the article.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: The owner of the shot dog is named in the article above, in which he is also quoted.[/p][/quote]Apologies - you must have updated the article. b3talover
  • Score: 0

2:07am Wed 30 Apr 14

rover100rich says...

i might be thick but i dont understand the timeline , he finds sheep being attacked at 12 ,nearly 1 1/2 hours later the police are called ,i guess when a dog is shot or someone hears shooting , but the incident continues till 5am ,5 hours is an awful long time
i might be thick but i dont understand the timeline , he finds sheep being attacked at 12 ,nearly 1 1/2 hours later the police are called ,i guess when a dog is shot or someone hears shooting , but the incident continues till 5am ,5 hours is an awful long time rover100rich
  • Score: 3

10:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

bucks says...

rover

The law regards animals, including dogs, as possessions. Unless unnecessary suffering has been caused, a farmer - on his own land and using a licensed firearm, has no obligation to tell anyone.
As others have said though, the owner is responsible to a degree, but if he can prove he took reasonable steps to control his dog then there can be no blame. The farmer should have insurance for this type of incident anyway.

Also agree about the dog licensing, bring it back - responsible dog owners won't mind paying a reasonable fee and popping to the Post Office once a year to renew it.
rover The law regards animals, including dogs, as possessions. Unless unnecessary suffering has been caused, a farmer - on his own land and using a licensed firearm, has no obligation to tell anyone. As others have said though, the owner is responsible to a degree, but if he can prove he took reasonable steps to control his dog then there can be no blame. The farmer should have insurance for this type of incident anyway. Also agree about the dog licensing, bring it back - responsible dog owners won't mind paying a reasonable fee and popping to the Post Office once a year to renew it. bucks
  • Score: 2

12:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

displayed says...

The dogs worked together systematically slaughtering and maiming the animals, they all came from the same estate, ones dead, the other 2 are still running free.
Someone knows who the sheep killers are, it could be a young child next!
Are u willing to risk that for the sake of anonimity!
Well are you!
The dogs worked together systematically slaughtering and maiming the animals, they all came from the same estate, ones dead, the other 2 are still running free. Someone knows who the sheep killers are, it could be a young child next! Are u willing to risk that for the sake of anonimity! Well are you! displayed
  • Score: 7

12:53pm Wed 30 Apr 14

displayed says...

Huskies are designed to pull sleds in a cold snowy country, not kept in the Uk, roaming around the country and on farms so they can slaughter sheep!

Husky /ˈhʌski/ is a general name for a type of dog used to pull sleds in northern regions, differentiated from other sled-dog types by their fast pulling style. They are "an ever-changing cross-breed of the...fastest dogs". The Alaskan Malamute, by contrast, is "the largest and most powerful" sled dog, and was used for heavier loads. Huskies are used in sled dog racing. In recent years companies have been marketing tourist treks with dog sledges for adventure travelers in snow regions as well.
Huskies are designed to pull sleds in a cold snowy country, not kept in the Uk, roaming around the country and on farms so they can slaughter sheep! Husky /ˈhʌski/ is a general name for a type of dog used to pull sleds in northern regions, differentiated from other sled-dog types by their fast pulling style. They are "an ever-changing cross-breed of the...fastest dogs". The Alaskan Malamute, by contrast, is "the largest and most powerful" sled dog, and was used for heavier loads. Huskies are used in sled dog racing. In recent years companies have been marketing tourist treks with dog sledges for adventure travelers in snow regions as well. displayed
  • Score: 1

12:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

displayed says...

"Trevor Tenneally explained that the dog, that had been a part of his family for three years, jumped a six foot high fence that enclosed his garden."

Some pet, sounded like he didnt wanna be there, so he escaped to freedom.......
"Trevor Tenneally explained that the dog, that had been a part of his family for three years, jumped a six foot high fence that enclosed his garden." Some pet, sounded like he didnt wanna be there, so he escaped to freedom....... displayed
  • Score: 2

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