A DOG has badly wounded sheep about to give birth in Holmfirth.
At least one of the ewes could die as a result of the sickening injuries caused by the dog, which was caught by the sheep's owner.
The dog is now back with its owner and a police investigation is under way.
The dog attacked at Derek and Margaret Lloyd's smallholding at Booth House Lane in Holmfirth at 6.45am on Monday.
It savaged three sheep in a field, leaving wool strewn all over the grass, but its bloodlust then led it to a barn where four ewes were inside.
All are due to have lambs soon, but the dog managed to get into the barn and savaged them too.
Mr Lloyd, 72, managed to corner the dog which he describes as being like a pit bull and then called it to him.
It came meekly and he then tied it up before calling police.
The owner phoned the police to report his pet missing and he was allowed to pick it up from the farm and take it back home.
Mr Lloyd is furious at what has happened.
He said: "I've no idea what stage the police investigation is at. "No-one has got back to me. But what if that dog now comes across a child?
"These are expensive sheep and the dog has caused a lot of pain and damage.
"The owner told me he had let his dog out to go to the toilet and was very sorry about what's happened, but it's too late to be sorry."
Mr Lloyd said there had been similar attacks at two neighbouring farms in recent months.
He said: "There is absolutely no reason for a dog to be on our land."
The sheep have had to be seen several times by a vet and Mr Lloyd is now having to inject them twice daily with penicillin.
He has also had to put a special cream used to treat burns on babies on the most badly injured sheep.
One has been virtually skinned alive in the ferocious attack, but has survived so far.
The wool on others is so thick it is difficult to gauge the severity of their wounds, but blood has been seeping through.
Mr Lloyd added: "The vet said it was a horrendous sight. This is the consequence of people being irresponsible."