Farmer makes bloody discovery in Litlington after lamb is mauled to death by dog
PUBLISHED: 12:19 02 October 2014
A farmer is urging dog owners to keep their pets under control and if in doubt on a lead after one of his flock was mauled by a labrador.
Rob Hodgkins made the bloody discovery in a field just outside Litlington, off Royston Road, on Monday morning after being alerted by the dog owner.
Her labrador had chased and bitten an eight-month-old lamb causing injuries so severe that the animal had to be put down by a vet later that day.
Mr Hodgkins, who has a flock of 600 ewes and two sheepdogs at his base on land at Odsey, between Royston and Baldock, said: “There was a lot of blood. We tried as farmers to sort it out ourselves but later on that afternoon we realised it was still in a bad way and called out the vet.”
The 33-year-old moved to the area from West Sussex around 11 months ago and now wants to raise awareness among dog owners to ensure there are no other killings.
He said: “Keep dogs under control, in sight and if you are at all worried keep them on a lead.
“If you are not entirely confident that your dog will come back to you when commanded then it should be on a lead for everyone’s sake. A dog has to be under control.”