Lamb suffers broken leg after 'savage' dog attack
A LAMB has suffered a broken leg after being ‘savaged’ by a dog.
The lamb, belonging to Chitty Farm, Silchester, was found on a neighbouring farm bleeding with a broken hind leg and bite marks after being chased by a dog.
The lamb was brought back to Chitty Farm, in Wall Lane, and a vet will visit over the coming week to see if an operation is needed or if the lamb will need to be put down.
Liberty Kolosowski from the farm said: “The people with their dog would have been walking through our field on the footpath and the dog must have chased the lamb off our land and on to the other farmer’s field.
“The lamb was very shocked as you can imagine.
“He was bleeding and it was very obvious that his leg was broken.
“He’s a lot calmer now, but we’re not sure if he’ll pull through.
“We have no idea whose dog it was as no one has come forward.”
Ms Kolosowski reminded dog owners to keep their pets on leads around livestock even if they think their dog wouldn’t attack animals.
She continued: “It’s not the first time it’s happened.
“It’s pretty much just respecting the area that you’re in and being wary of that.
“Some of the lambs out there are two days old and they’re not ready for that.
“You can’t guarantee how dogs will react – it’s just a case of not having to second guess yourself.
“It’s emotionally traumatising for the animals even just being chased.
“It can cause worry and harm to the animals, so people should be cautious of that and understanding of the wildlife and animals.
“It can take just five seconds for a dog to run off and attack an animal.
“Even if you think your dog wouldn’t even go near, it needs to be on a lead.”