Cops have revealed 'horrific' footage showing the aftermath of a double dog attack which saw more than 30 sheep killed.
Police released the film which Warwickshire Rural Crime Team described as the "absolute carnage" officers found upon attending a report of sheep-worrying near Stretton on Dunsmore. In the social media post, officers said more than 30 ewes – female sheep – were killed during the night of February 19, after two dogs escaped from a nearby garden.
Police say the owner failed to capture the dogs and made no attempt to alert nearby farmers or authorities. The crime team said in the post: "Onthe morning of the 20th Feb, two neighbouring farmers and shepherds were able to catch one of the dogs, stopping it from attacking the rest of the flock. The second dog eventually made its way back home.
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"We quickly identified the owner of both dogs and attended the address. A dog control order was immediately issued to the owner to protect both the public and other animals."
Police say it was the farmer's wishes that the matter be formally dealt with through a Community Resolution (out-of-court procedure).
The resulting outcome has seen the dog owner agree to pay costs of £3,300 directly to the farmer, and voluntarily destroy one dog.
In addition, the dog owner has agreed not to allow the dog to be left outside unattended at any time, and ensure the perimeter of the property is secure.
He must also ensure dogs wear a muzzle in public and ensure dogs are in the control of an adult at all times
The team said: "This type of incident causes a significant amount of unnecessary distress to all parties and can be easily avoided. Each year, we regrettably receive multiple reports of dog vs. sheep incidents, but this is by far the worst single attack our team has had to deal with.
"Please, if you walk your dog near livestock, keep them on a lead. If you live in an area where livestock graze, make every effort you can to secure your garden."
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