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Police suspect off-lead dogs attacked sheep in East Bergholt incident which left 16 dead and 30 more needing to be put down due to injuries



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Police are investigating a suspected dog attack in Suffolk which left 16 sheep dead and a further 30 needing to be put down due to their injuries.

Officers said the incident, which a rural and wildlife crime team policeman described as 'the worst case of an attack of sheep' he had seen which caused 'terrible suffering' to the animals, happened in the East Bergholt area.

They received a report of a number of sheep killed or badly injured on land in the Dazeley's Lane area, with the incident happening at some point between Sunday, December 20 in the early afternoon and Monday, December 21 at 8am.

Police are investigating a suspected dog attack in Suffolk which left 16 sheep dead and a further 30 needing to be put down due to their injuries
Police are investigating a suspected dog attack in Suffolk which left 16 sheep dead and a further 30 needing to be put down due to their injuries

A police spokesman said: "It is strongly suspected that dogs off a lead had committed the attack on the sheep."

Officers are now appealing for anyone with information about the attack to come forward.

Sgt Brian Calver, from the rural and wildlife crime team, said: "This is by far the worst case of an attack of sheep I have come across.

"The suffering the animals must have gone through would have been terrible."

Sgt Calver is also reminding dog owners that allowing dogs to behave in such a way is a criminal offence.

He added: "Dog ownership is a responsible thing so please remember, dogs that are allowed to worry livestock on agricultural land is an offence under the Dogs Worrying Livestock Act.

"Anyone who saw the dogs that were responsible or can describe them please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information or who saw dogs off leads in the area at the time should contact Suffolk Police on 101 and quote crime reference 37/73715/20.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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