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Farmer hits out after dog savages sheep

Sheep after the attack near Gilsland Credit: Jonathan Woodmass

An angry farmer has spoken out after a dog savaged his sheep.

Jonathan Woodmass, who farms near Gilsland, has posted pictures of the bloody aftermath of the sheep worrying incident on Facebook in an effort to warn walkers that dogs must be kept on a lead near livestock.

Several sheep were seriously injured and one killed when the dog attacked sometime between 5pm on August 27th and 9am on August 28th.

There have been reports of similar incidents in the nearby area over recent weeks.

Another of the injured sheep Credit: Jonathan Woodmass

Mr Woodmass said: β€œI'm more than sure the owner will know that there dog has been up to no good it will have a belly full of wool and raw meat and would will have had blood over its face. β€œ

Cumbria police have echoed his appeal for greater care from dog owners.

β€œIt is important that local farmers and dog walkers are made aware of this incident. Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times near livestock as sheep worrying is a criminal offence,” a spokesman said.

Anyone with any information should email 101@cumbria.police.uk or call 101 quoting incident number 82 of 28thAugust. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.