A FARMER has issued a plea to dog owners after five of his sheep were mauled to death.
Bruce Roberts, who has a flock of more than 100, has called for people to keep their animals under control following two separate incidents and has warned he has the right to shoot dogs attacking his flock.
Mr Roberts, of Hollin Bank Farm in Holmfirth, said: “People need to be more sensible with their dogs.
“The owners will have known that they have done it because they would have gone home covered in blood.
“There’s no doubt they will be back if they are allowed to roam free. When there’s livestock in the field they have to keep their dogs under control.
Mr Roberts, 50, lost two sheep to dog attacks last winter.
A further attack claimed one of his animals and injured another in December.
The most recent incident, on January 23, was the worst – costing him £1,000 in livestock.
“We drove past the field and could see one that had been savaged,’’ he said. “Two more were ripped to bits and one died the day after.”
He believes the attacks may have been carried out by two Akita-type dogs seen in the area.
“People need to be aware that I have the right to shoot their dogs if they are a threat to my sheep,” he added.