FRESH complaints have been made about a killer dog caught in the act of mauling a lamb.
Clive Lloyd, a farmer in Henlle Lane, Gobowen, was horrified to find a baby ram being eaten alive by a brown lurcher-type dog when he was carrying out his final rounds of the day.
The animal ran off in the direction of a traveller site nearby as the farmer approached but the sheep, which was in “great distress”, had to be destroyed because of the severity of its injuries.
Mr Lloyd is calling for the owners of the dog to take responsibility for their pet after the ordeal which is only the latest in a string of incidents in the area.
He said: “This animal should be properly controlled.
“It is in its nature to behave this way and if that was a child, it doesn’t bear thinking about.
“I would urge the owners to take responsibility for this animal now,” he added.
Mr Lloyd has since removed his sheep from the field where the attack happened, but he is warning other farmers in the vicinity to keep a close watch on their stock.
According to Gobowen parish and unitary councillor David Lloyd, a number of complaints have been made about this dog and an alsatian believed to be owned by the same people.
A former parish councillor, who did not wish to be named, was confronted on an early morning walk by an alsatian from another section of the same field.
David Lloyd, Shropshire councillor, said: “These are the latest in string of complaints about dogs linked to the field where an unauthorised caravan site sits.
“Many local people who used to walk their own dogs that way have given up while others now carry stout sticks for their own protection, fearful of so-called guard dogs on another part of the same field.
“This most recent incident was horrific and has shocked responsible dog owners.”
He claimed dogs running free had also prompted complaints from motorists using Henlle Lane.
Richard Ewels, spokesman for West Mercia Police, confirmed the latest incident: “A dog was seen attacking a Texel lamb at about 6.10pm on Friday, October 11 in a field at Preeshenlle Farm near Gobowen.
“The farmer chased the brown lurcher dog off.
“The lamb, worth about £80, had to be destroyed due to its injuries.
“Police are appealing to witnesses of the incident to call Oswestry Police Station on 101,” he added.