Five sheep die in Surrey dog attacks

Five sheep have died as a result of two incidents where dogs attacked livestock at a farm in Surrey.

In the latest incident on Monday at the farm in Tadworth, four sheep were attacked and were so severely injured they had to be put down, police said.

And in another attack at the farm in Ebbisham Lane, last Thursday, five sheep were injured and one died.

Surrey police are investigating whether the two attacks were linked, neighbourhood officer PC Sue Roe said.

Financial cost

She said it was lambing season at the farm and all of the killed ewes were pregnant with their offspring due in May.

"This is not just upsetting for the farmer but has cost them financially with each sheep worth around £150, and their lambs £60, as well as the vet bill for the injured animals," PC Roe said.

"It is totally unacceptable for dogs to attack and maul livestock and for their owners to allow them to be so dangerously out of control."

She appealed for information about the attacks and also warned dog owners their pets could be shot if they were found worrying livestock.

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