Fordham farmer finds sheep dead and injured after dog attack

Gemma Maxwell with one of the sheep injured in the dog attack on a Fordham farm

Gemma Maxwell with one of the sheep injured in the dog attack on a Fordham farm

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A Fordham sheep farmer is counting the cost after a dog attack killed and injured some of his prize breeding Charollais flock.

John Maxwell discovered two sheep dead in the Soham Lode on Sunday morning with three more injured and traumatised animals entangled in the hedges at Moor Farm.

One of the sheep injured in a dog attack at Moor Farm, Fordham

One of the sheep injured in a dog attack at Moor Farm, Fordham

He said: “It was a pretty unpleasant experience for everyone involved but it could have been a lot worse.”

“We had a hell of a job to pull those out of the hedge. They were absolutely traumatised.”

The three injured animals have been treated with antibiotics but their young lambs have had to be placed with other animals while they recover.

John has 500 pedigree sheep that he farms for breeding and says fortunately lambing had finished.

One of the sheep killed in a dog attack at a Fordham farm

One of the sheep killed in a dog attack at a Fordham farm

He believes a dog seen roaming loose may have escaped and chased and killed the animals on Saturday afternoon and wants people to be aware of the dangers of uncontrolled animals near livestock.

“In 25 years that I’ve been farming here this is the first time this has happened. It could have been an absolute disaster.

“The majority of dog walkers are decent people and are horrified at what has happened. We are lucky the dog didn’t do more damage.”

His farm has rights of way across it and is used by dog walkers who keep their animals under control.

Mr Maxwell has had to pay vet bills and for the disposal of the dead animals as well as losing the breeding potential of those he lost. “It was just one of those things,” he said.