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Farmer searches Bacup moors after lamb is 'savaged' by dog
A FARMER has been searching the moors for a rare lamb which went missing after it was ‘savaged’ by a Staffordshire bull terrier.
Terry Bork, who owns Animal Quackers farm, in Bacup, said the eight-month-old African breed black zwarble lamb ran off after the ‘vicious’ incident, leaving its mother ‘pining.’ The prize lamb, which is worth around £500, was last seen around farms near to the neighbouring Stacksteads moorside after the dog ran into the field and attacked it, according to a witness.
He said that the incident, last Friday, which he has since reported to the police, was the seventh involving the dog breed to take place on his Huttock Top Farm in the past three years, and has resulted in the deaths of six lambs, and losses of several hundred pounds.
According to the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs, farmers are permitted to shoot dogs that are worrying, or are about to worry, farm animals.
Terry, whose farm was recently awarded a £200 donation by ASDA in a community vote, said: “I’m very angry that this has happened again because it shows a complete lack of respect for the countryside, and for farmers’ livelihoods.
“It’s really sad because it’s mum is pining for it, and I’m worried that it’s walking around injured, or that someone has since stolen it.
“People walking dogs should keep them on leads because of the risk they pose. Staffordshire bull terriers are known to have an unpredictable streak, and just because they have never acted aggressively before, it doesn’t mean they never will.
“I don’t want to have to use my legal right to shoot the dogs because I’m an animal lover but, at the end of the day, these are my livestock that they are harming.”
Anyone who believes they may have seen the lamb should call Terry on 07957446150.