A Polegate farmer has been left mortified after he lost more than 10 sheep during a dog attack.
Peter Sandgrove had to kill some of his flock himself, after they were badly injured on Nightingale Farm near the Cuckoo Trail yesterday (28 February).
Two dog are believed to have got into the fields and chased a number of sheep, killing them. Several of the ewes were due to give birth to lambs in the next few weeks. A number of other animals were so badly injured, they had to be put down.
Peter said, "It was an awful day, when I went down I saw one of the sheep covered in blood. I have to admit I was crying as I had to shoot some of them as they were too injured to survive.
"It's not the dog's fault, it's the owners. I know people let their dogs off the lead but they should be able to control them. I would say that dogs should always be kept on their leads."
Sergeant Tom Carter, wildlife and rural crime lead for Sussex Police, said, "Sadly a number of sheep and their unborn lambs have been killed by these dogs and it is estimated the farmer will have lost around £3,000. The dogs were not seen close enough but are believed they were one black dog and one tan coloured dog.
"Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act it is a criminal offence to let a dog worry sheep and owners or handlers risk being fined.
"We ask that if you are walking your dog in an area where livestock is kept, please keep them on a lead and under control. A landowner is able to shoot a dog that they believe is worrying sheep - and that includes if they are running after them or chasing them, not necessarily physically attacking them.
"At this time of year, most ewes are in lamb and stress caused by dogs can cause them to abort. Even the most docile of pets can turn killer and even the best behaved of dogs can become uncontrollable.
"Don't walk your pet away from where you are permitted to be and always be aware of livestock - it may not be in sight, perhaps hidden by vegetation or the lie of the land."
Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact police online to https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/ or email email@example.com quoting serial 276 of 28/02.