A Desborough woman has told of her devastation after her prized sheep were attacked and killed by what she believes was a large dog.
Carol Watson and her husband Geoff’s pedigree sheep were savaged at their plot of land in Glendon Road, Rothwell, some time between Friday, October 30, and the following morning.
One of her sheep was killed, two are missing and more than 10 were attacked, while sheep from the next farm were also killed.
And having seen the size of the footprints nearby, Carol is convinced they were killed by a large dog.
She said: “We went down to the land on Saturday morning and went round the turn and realised one of our sheep had been absolutely mauled.
“One suffered a broken leg and damaged shoulder and two are still unaccounted for.
“The dog has bitten them so badly that its teeth have gone through their sinuses and chewed their lips.
“There is no footpath or public right of way there so I think the dog has been let off their lead and ran off.
“My husband is 74 and he has said it was the worst day of his life.”
The sheep, mainly show breeds such as Charollais and Oxfords, have won at many national shows and Carol and Geoff have been breeding them for 25 years.
Carol says she is fearful of what the dog could do next now it has killed once.
She added: “I just want to know where my missing sheep are – it’s like losing a child.
“We only had a few sheep and some were set to be sold, we are losing our income and the expenses on veterinary fees are very big.
“I don’t blame the dog, I blame the owner for losing control.
“Our biggest fear is knowing that the dog has got a sense for killing now and is still out there.
“What will happen if it runs off into a field with children playing in it?”
Northamptonshire Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “We were called at about 1.30pm on Saturday to an incident of sheep being killed.
“Our investigations are ongoing and we are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.