Earlier this month, Island Echo reported that 3 deer had been killed by a ‘large carnivore’, thought to be a dog. Now, a further 2 deer have been killed bringing the total number of deceased animals to 5 – 2 calves and 3 fawns.
Police have been informed about both incidents and officers are reminding owners to keep their dogs on leads near livestock. The reminder comes following the latest attack at Newclose Farm last night (Wednesday).
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Deer Farm has said:
“We are now effectively patrolling the area to find the dog and shoot it down. Please respect others by keeping your dogs in your premises. We love dogs, but when they learn to hunt and stalk, they effectively become wolves.
“We have now lost five, but the loss does not limit to these but also includes all the calves and fawns these could have given birth to in the next 12-15 years and the calves those would have in turn given birth to”.
It has been revealed that one of the killed deer was found half-eaten.
The spokesperson has continued by saying:
“It is not only a lack of respect to the animal killed, it is also an irresponsible attitude on the part of the owner. Because if we see the dog again we will take it down, and the poor animal is just doing what its genes are telling it to do.
“There is never a bad dog, there are however owners who have not trained their dog appropriately or who do not respect others by being responsible with their actions.
“Keep dogs inside your home if you cannot ensure they will not leave your house”.
Livestock worrying is a criminal offence and comes under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953. A farmer is allowed to kill the dog if it’s worrying their livestock.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hampshire Constabulary Country Watch team at Yarmouth via 101, quoting 44190418627. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For information on animal crime visit https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ac/animal-crime/.