Dog walkers warned after sheep is savaged in fields near Broughton

Farmer, Andy Taylor, from Broughton Grounds Farm, North Newington, has had problems with dogs mauling his sheep. NNL-151215-130837009
Farmer, Andy Taylor, from Broughton Grounds Farm, North Newington, has had problems with dogs mauling his sheep. NNL-151215-130837009

A farmer has appealed to walkers to help him discover the dog that savaged one of his lambs.

Andrew Taylor and his son James were alerted by a jogger who found the animal at death’s door near Broughton Castle.

The nine-month-old lamb had been chased through electric fencing into a copse and savaged. It was immediately euthanased to end its suffering.

The incident happened at around 12.30pm on Sunday, December 13 alongside the gated road between Broughton Castle and Shutford Road near Fulling Mill.

“A runner called in at the farmhouse to say a lamb was dragging itself around and clearly not going to survive. It had severe wounds and we had to put it down at once,” said James Taylor.

“People are bringing dogs in cars and walking them off the lead. There is a free for all. Six weeks ago we had a ewe with a seriously bitten leg.

“A villager saw a dog walker with five dogs off leads in a field at North Newington. The dogs were chasing the sheep and she asked him to control them. She got a mouthful of abuse in return,” he said.

Police tracked and interviewed the man who denied the matter.

Andrew Taylor said police had told them a sheep worrying problem had also been reported near Bloxham where three sheep had been savaged and killed.”

A number of ‘professional’ dog walkers park and walk groups of up to five dogs in the fields between North Newington, Broughton and Tadmarton.

Mr Taylor asked members of the public who may have any information or witnessed sheep worrying to contact the police.