Dogs blamed for brutal attack on lambs (graphic content)

'It's a vicious killer who has done this'

Last updated 11:46 09/11/2012

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A Kingsdown farmer is in shock after a vicious attack on his stock over night.

Peter Grant grazes 600 breeding ewes on 170 acres just south of Timaru and has never seen anything like the carnage he discovered this morning.

He woke to make his usual check of the property and found three dead lambs with their legs ripped off, skinned and entrails scattered. No meat was taken from the animals in what appears to be a frenzied attack.

They had been grazing in a field alongside 60 ewes and 100 lambs.

Mr Grant says dogs are responsible. He has spoken to neighbours and contacted police this morning.

''There's plenty of dogs around here but they are all friendly pets; it's a vicious killer who has done this. Once dogs get a taste for this sort of thing that's it.''

He says a number of people take their dogs for walks along Craigie Rd adjacent to his farm. The road runs between the Timaru-Pareora Highway and the coast.

Mr Grant thinks two dogs were responsible for the deaths.

''They must have owners and they must have blood over their chops this morning; I'd say it's more than one dog that's done it.

''It's a worrying thing because they might come back tonight.''

Mr Grant has farmed the area most of his life and says stock have never been attacked before.''It's a shocker; it's bloody disgusting.

''There's only one thing for it; the dogs have to be put down. I just think somebody knows something; people need to be aware that they need to shut their dogs up at night.''

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- The Timaru Herald


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