East Lancs farmer blasts ‘evil’ poachers after sheep dies 'in agony'

Terry Bork

Terry Bork

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A FARMER has blasted ‘evil’ poachers after they set their dogs on his pet sheep to train them to kill deer.

The ewe, called Dolly, was chased until it was exhausted, then held down by poachers as lurchers bit and clawed it in what is believed to be a new illegal hunting practice.

It died ‘in agony’ 24 hours later.

Police are investigating and believe it could be linked to other illegal poaching across East Lancashire.

Ribble Valley wildlife officer PC Carl Chew said: “It certainly could be the case that this sheep has been used to train dogs how to kill deer.

“Because most sheep will run if a dog is chasing it, but a sheep isn’t as agile as a deer, though I’m sure it will happen.

“I don’t think they tend to go out for sheep. A lot of the time, poachers will go out looking for deer, but if they run into sheep, the dog will go for it.

“The dogs are released for deer, but if the dogs come back with nothing, then they’ll set it on a sheep because the dog’s all riled up.

“A lot of the poaching is for meat, but some idiots will just do it for pleasure.”

Terry Bork, owner of Animal Quackers petting farm, in Newchurch Old Road, Bacup, said he was devastated when he discovered the Ryland ewe, covered in blood and bite marks.

He said: “We found her at the gate nearest the house, trying to get to us.

“She’s a friendly sheep. She doesn’t see humans as a threat because she is petted by people at the petting farm, so she wouldn’t have run off like other farm sheep would.

“I’m so upset and angry.

“It looks like she’s been held down as the dogs have bitten chunks out of her.

“It’s evil to torture an animal like this. It’s horrific and it makes me feel sick.

“It makes you realise how evil people can be when something like this happens.

“She was at the gate nearest the house, waiting for us to come and help her.

“It was so shocking when we saw her. You would think that she’d been shawn, but the dogs had just torn her wool off.”

A friend of Mr Bork offered to pay for Dolly’s treatment by a vet from Stanley House Vets, Colne, which came to around £100, in the hope of saving her.

Mr Bork said: “She was up and eating after the attack, but I think she was just in shock, because even though she’d had antibiotics and pain killers, she died a few hours later.”

This incident is the most recent in a series of attacks on wildlife across East Lancashire.

Last month a butchered deer carcass was discovered in a field on moorland near Clitheroe. The sika deer had been disembowelled and had its head and hind legs removed before it was found by a dog walker.

In February, a roe deer was mauled to death by two lurcher-type dogs in Rimmington, and in recent court cases, Carl Harwood, 18, of Fielden Street, and Alexander Judge, 19, of Harling Street, both Burnley, were found guilty of hunting a wild animal with a dog in Chipping.

There are more than 1,000 roe deer, about 100 sika and only around 20 red deer in East Lancashire.

PC Chew said carcasses would often be sold to restaurants, hotels and pubs for between £40 to £60.

Butchers tend to pay around £150 from licensed shooters for the meat.

NFU spokesman Carl Hudspith said: “Sheep worrying is a big issue for us.

“It is awful for the sheep, some of which will have lambs at this time of year, and is terrible for the farmer as well.

“The motives do tend to change for these sorts of attacks.

“A couple of years ago when the country was facing a major financial crisis there was a suggestion people were using dogs to kill lambs for food, although this was never proven.

“I think a lot of the time it is just mindless cruelty.”

The incident happened between 10.30pm on Friday, and 6.30am on Saturday.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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11:03am Tue 29 Apr 14

alf-abett says...

What would be the opinion if! A dog licence was required for every dog you own and the licence cost £100.00, at this point I am sure you will all be thinking OMG! never, never will I pay that, but take it to the next level and you will realise it makes sense. No dog licence, no dog just like no insurance / licence for a car, you loose it, instantly no if's and butts.

The outcome would be that the majority of caring, responsible dog owners would be prepared to pay this fee and the scum of our society would have to have their dogs put down.

The effect would be instant, we would see a fall in babies / children and adults being attacked along with animals such the one this story tells, also a very large reduction of dog poo which blights our everyday life.
What would be the opinion if! A dog licence was required for every dog you own and the licence cost £100.00, at this point I am sure you will all be thinking OMG! never, never will I pay that, but take it to the next level and you will realise it makes sense. No dog licence, no dog just like no insurance / licence for a car, you loose it, instantly no if's and butts. The outcome would be that the majority of caring, responsible dog owners would be prepared to pay this fee and the scum of our society would have to have their dogs put down. The effect would be instant, we would see a fall in babies / children and adults being attacked along with animals such the one this story tells, also a very large reduction of dog poo which blights our everyday life. alf-abett
  • Score: 19

11:57am Tue 29 Apr 14

fuschia says...

I agree with this to some extent but a lot of elderly people have dogs for company and maybe couldn't afford £100 licence fee.
I agree with this to some extent but a lot of elderly people have dogs for company and maybe couldn't afford £100 licence fee. fuschia
  • Score: 17

11:59am Tue 29 Apr 14

Ancona1 says...

The scum of the earth will still own dogs and it wont stop this happening, just like they drive round with no insurance, it doesn't stop them owning and driving a car. The top and bottom of it is things like this are going to continue due to the lack of resources of the police. £78 million from the Lancs police budget has reduced the ability of cops on the street to catch scum like this. The tories are trying to take tens of millions more from their budget even now. Things like this are sadly going to increase. Just my opinion. I saw some scum the other day trying to flush rabbits out of a hole to get a lurcher to chase them in broad daylight. I spend a lot of time in Cumbria, farmers up there regularly carry shotguns for pest control and if they see dogs worrying livestock they shoot them- simple.
The scum of the earth will still own dogs and it wont stop this happening, just like they drive round with no insurance, it doesn't stop them owning and driving a car. The top and bottom of it is things like this are going to continue due to the lack of resources of the police. £78 million from the Lancs police budget has reduced the ability of cops on the street to catch scum like this. The tories are trying to take tens of millions more from their budget even now. Things like this are sadly going to increase. Just my opinion. I saw some scum the other day trying to flush rabbits out of a hole to get a lurcher to chase them in broad daylight. I spend a lot of time in Cumbria, farmers up there regularly carry shotguns for pest control and if they see dogs worrying livestock they shoot them- simple. Ancona1
  • Score: 12

12:09pm Tue 29 Apr 14

jinkyjase says...

A license doesn't stop idiots being idiots. Plus, they wouldn't buy one anyway. The law abiding would pick up the slack. As usual.
A license doesn't stop idiots being idiots. Plus, they wouldn't buy one anyway. The law abiding would pick up the slack. As usual. jinkyjase
  • Score: 9

1:06pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Malthus says...

alf-abett wrote:
What would be the opinion if! A dog licence was required for every dog you own and the licence cost £100.00, at this point I am sure you will all be thinking OMG! never, never will I pay that, but take it to the next level and you will realise it makes sense. No dog licence, no dog just like no insurance / licence for a car, you loose it, instantly no if's and butts.

The outcome would be that the majority of caring, responsible dog owners would be prepared to pay this fee and the scum of our society would have to have their dogs put down.

The effect would be instant, we would see a fall in babies / children and adults being attacked along with animals such the one this story tells, also a very large reduction of dog poo which blights our everyday life.
In theory it does sound like a good idea. However, as soon as such a rule was introduced and enforced, there would be a massive leap in abandoned dogs. Potentially this could result in the dogs establishing feral packs which would scavenge and hunt in order to survive. A much simpler solution is to create legislation that permits all current dog carry on as they have been without being subject to new legislation except for compulsory identification via microchips. Once new laws have been brought in, any new dog owner should be forced to comply with paying for a dog licence; they should have to pay for annual public liability insurance; finally they should have to attend a course in responsible dog ownership. I would also say that all revenue taken from such a scheme should be channeled into paying for and maintaining a dedicated dog warden service that is tasked with both ensuring compliance and also for prosecuting those owners who believe it is OK for their animals to defecate on pavements, parks and play areas.
[quote][p][bold]alf-abett[/bold] wrote: What would be the opinion if! A dog licence was required for every dog you own and the licence cost £100.00, at this point I am sure you will all be thinking OMG! never, never will I pay that, but take it to the next level and you will realise it makes sense. No dog licence, no dog just like no insurance / licence for a car, you loose it, instantly no if's and butts. The outcome would be that the majority of caring, responsible dog owners would be prepared to pay this fee and the scum of our society would have to have their dogs put down. The effect would be instant, we would see a fall in babies / children and adults being attacked along with animals such the one this story tells, also a very large reduction of dog poo which blights our everyday life.[/p][/quote]In theory it does sound like a good idea. However, as soon as such a rule was introduced and enforced, there would be a massive leap in abandoned dogs. Potentially this could result in the dogs establishing feral packs which would scavenge and hunt in order to survive. A much simpler solution is to create legislation that permits all current dog carry on as they have been without being subject to new legislation except for compulsory identification via microchips. Once new laws have been brought in, any new dog owner should be forced to comply with paying for a dog licence; they should have to pay for annual public liability insurance; finally they should have to attend a course in responsible dog ownership. I would also say that all revenue taken from such a scheme should be channeled into paying for and maintaining a dedicated dog warden service that is tasked with both ensuring compliance and also for prosecuting those owners who believe it is OK for their animals to defecate on pavements, parks and play areas. Malthus
  • Score: -3

1:08pm Tue 29 Apr 14

peely says...

jinkyjase wrote:
A license doesn't stop idiots being idiots. Plus, they wouldn't buy one anyway. The law abiding would pick up the slack. As usual.
Exactly the same point I was going to make. The only people who abide by the rules and obey the law are the law abiding majority , the rest , the low lifes, the scum , they just carry on regardless and do what they want when they want !
[quote][p][bold]jinkyjase[/bold] wrote: A license doesn't stop idiots being idiots. Plus, they wouldn't buy one anyway. The law abiding would pick up the slack. As usual.[/p][/quote]Exactly the same point I was going to make. The only people who abide by the rules and obey the law are the law abiding majority , the rest , the low lifes, the scum , they just carry on regardless and do what they want when they want ! peely
  • Score: 13

3:47pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

with the useless legal system we have in the UK it would be pointless legislating any new laws as the culprits will just bet a blue peter badge and told not to do it again
with the useless legal system we have in the UK it would be pointless legislating any new laws as the culprits will just bet a blue peter badge and told not to do it again ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 4

3:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

velocityowl says...

Nothing you do would stop this happening. They are just horrible people who don't care for anyone or anything but themselves. They need finding and punishing properly but I doubt this will happen. That poor animal must have been in agony.
Nothing you do would stop this happening. They are just horrible people who don't care for anyone or anything but themselves. They need finding and punishing properly but I doubt this will happen. That poor animal must have been in agony. velocityowl
  • Score: 7

4:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Pure evil cowardly scum. I think that just about describes these sick mothers.
Pure evil cowardly scum. I think that just about describes these sick mothers. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 8

6:13pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Ian123xyz says...

Disgusting filth. Time that the sentences for these crimes were increased and a ban on keeping any animals for life was automatic.
Disgusting filth. Time that the sentences for these crimes were increased and a ban on keeping any animals for life was automatic. Ian123xyz
  • Score: 3

6:19pm Tue 29 Apr 14

maxcollie says...

I hope the barstewards are caught and let dogs chew off their gonads
I hope the barstewards are caught and let dogs chew off their gonads maxcollie
  • Score: 5

7:02pm Tue 29 Apr 14

goz says...

The farmer nor anyone else obviously saw what happened, so how from a savaged sheep has anyone managed to draw the conclusion that it's been used by illegal poachers to train their dogs to catch deer.
Sorry, but I would say a fox has done this. This time of year feeding cubs a female fox would attack a ewe especially if it was led down.
The farmer nor anyone else obviously saw what happened, so how from a savaged sheep has anyone managed to draw the conclusion that it's been used by illegal poachers to train their dogs to catch deer. Sorry, but I would say a fox has done this. This time of year feeding cubs a female fox would attack a ewe especially if it was led down. goz
  • Score: -5

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