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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Farmer shoots Rottweiler after sheep killed in Carlisle field

A farmer shot a dog dead after two Rottweilers killed one of his sheep in a field in Carlisle.

When police arrived in the field, at the back of Ellesmere Way, Morton, they saw the two Rottweilers lying next to the body of the sheep.

Carlisle magistrates heard yesterday how the farmer arrived but was unable to control them and shot one. The other escaped into Wigton Road, dodging traffic, before it ran into Castlerigg Drive and the garden of its owner.

Lyndsey Clark Wood admitted two charges of having dogs – 12-month-old Hutch and seven-year-old Axle – which worried livestock.

He also admitted the two were out of control on Westrigg Road.

The court heard how Mr Wood had been working in Barrow on the day it happened – July 28 – and a friend had to take control of the dog until he returned.

The farmer shot Hutch, killing him, and had been about to shoot Axle when police told him the dog warden was on their way.

Mr Wood told the court that it wasn’t the dogs’ fault.

“They are very friendly and passive dogs,” he said.

He had shut them in the garage when he left for work but forgotten to lock the cages so they had jumped over a 6ft fence and got away.

Mr Wood said the incident in the field was ‘a game which had gone horribly wrong’ and he blamed himself for not securing them.

He was fined £280, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and £108 compensation to the farmer for the dead sheep.

Magistrates also issued him with a dog control order regarding Axle.

Have your say

The farmer certainly got a good deal, didn't he, laughing all the way to the bank!

Current price of these sheep is around 60 pound, he got over 100 pounds - pretty good deal that.

Posted by PaulM on 5 October 2009 at 10:23

'Rik Green' and 'Gaz' you obviously don't have a clue what your talking about. Having owned dogs all my life i agree with other people the breed of the dog is irrelevant. Any dog has the potential to be vicious from the smallest to the largest of breeds. I can understand why the farmer shot the dog as it has killed his livestock. But don't condemn the breed. Its the useless owners!

Posted by nic on 3 October 2009 at 16:02

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