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Police step up patrols as Wrose sanctuary animals attacked
Police have stepped up patrols near a horse sanctuary after a sheep and goat were attacked by dogs.
“It’s horrible – it’s just pure evil,” said Joanne Metcalfe, a trustee of the sanctuary, which is home to neglected horses, sheep and goats.
On Friday night yard assistant Dianne French was alerted by the sanctuary’s dogs to a red light being shone in one of the fields. The lights are sometimes used by poachers hunting rabbits at night to help spot them.
Miss French discovered a goat was missing and called Miss Metcalfe. The two spent an hour searching the field by torchlight.
Miss Metcalfe said the goat had jumped from its stables and was found near a wall with bite marks to its leg and neck.
“We thought she was alright at first, then we saw her limping – the dog had injured her back leg,” she said. The goat’s leg has been stitched and stapled and it is on antibiotics.
Miss French said two weeks earlier, on Wednesday, September 11, a sheep, dog and pony were targeted by two lurcher dogs. One of the sanctuary’s dogs was dragged by one of the lurchers, a pony’s leg was nipped and the other lurcher clamped its jaws around the side of a sheep’s head.
“There was blood everywhere,” Miss French said.
“Our Staffy charged at the lurcher and it ran off. The chap who was with it got it and legged it up the field.
“It’s taken a piece out of the front of its nose, a piece is missing from its lip, there was a hole in its rump and various other bite marks around its head. The vet said if we hadn’t intervened it could have killed it.”
Police are now increasing patrols in the Westfield Lane area.
A spokesman said: “Poachers can be charged with many offences, including criminal damage and theft, and will face arrest and conviction and the seizure of any vehicles, equipment and dogs used in the crimes. Poachers can also face disqualification from driving if they are using their vehicles for crime.”
Miss Metcalf said: “It’s illegal and it’s cruelty. If we had any problems with rabbits we would sort them out – to get a dog to rip it to shreads is disgusting.”
Anyone with information should contact the Shipley Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.