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Killer dog in savage attack.

Byline: Brendan Hughes

POLICE have seized a dog suspected of violently slaughtering eight pedigree sheep on a farm in South Wales.

The valuable Dorset Horn sheep were found scattered across fields at Corntown, near Bridgend, with blood dripping from their necks.

Some of the mauled livestock, worth about pounds 760 in total, were found barely alive and later had to be put down.

One sheep was discovered drenched in blood and having a fit in a boundary hedge.

Farmer's daughter Jemima Jones, who stumbled upon the sheep, said the farm was like the scene of a horror film.

The 21-year-old student said: "I didn't see the teeth marks because I was too scared to look.

"To see the animals looking up at you in pain and you can't do anything - I was in floods of tears.

"It really freaked me out and I now refuse to go into that field by myself," Jemima said.

"Knowing that the dog was still loose and my friend and I were walking round that field - it doesn't bear thinking about."

The savage attack happened on a farm belonging to Jemima's parents, Martin and Jane.

Their 600-acre farm holds about 600 sheep, more than 100 cattle and 37 horses.

Jemima discovered the mauled sheep at about 9am on Tuesday while working on the farm.

A large black-and-white lurcher dog covered in mud and flecks of blood was later seized by police after being found causing traffic problems on the A48, near Brocastle.

Police in the Vale of Glamorgan now want to track down the dog's owner.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw a person with the dog in the Corntown and Brocastle area, between 6pm on Monday and 10 am on Tuesday.

PC Mark Goulding, wildlife and environmental crime officer for the Vale of Glamorgan area, said: "This is a tragic incident for the owner of the sheep, who had raised the animals since they were lambs."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

WHAT IS A LURCHER? * It is generally a cross between a sighthound and any other breed, usually a pastoral dog or terrier.

Their temperament can vary depending on parental influence. * Lurchers have been common as family pets, but can be used as hunting dogs that chase and kill their prey.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 23, 2011
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