A flock of sheep have been attacked and worried by a dog in a field in Niton this morning (Wednesday), just days after around 30 sheep were killed in an apparent dog attack in Merstone.
The owners of Cheverton Farm at Shorwell say they were alerted by a fellow farmer at approximately 08:15 this morning (Wednesday) that a black dog was chasing their flock in the St Catherine’s Down area of Niton.
Unfortunately, the incident was witnessed by the farmer from some distance away so the breed of the dog has not been identified, nor if the dog was with an owner.
Inspection of the animals has revealed that 2 sheep have sustained bloodied necks and a group of young Cheviot ewes have been left in a very distressed state. This alone can cause the premature deaths of the animals.
Cheverton Farm have taken to their Facebook page to say:
“This is the second local dog attack on sheep in a short time.
“Please be vigilant if you live anywhere near either attack. These dogs and owners must be stopped. Contact us or ring Andrew Hodgson on 01983 741034 if you have any information. Thank you”.