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Merino sheep attacked in Eden Valley

Merino sheep attacked in Eden Valley

Eden Valley farmer, Ms Sue Holt is calling for sheep owners to be vigilant after a large mob of her merino sheep were attacked by dogs earlier this month.

It is the second attack the merino sheep farmer has encountered – the first in May where two sheep were killed.

Sue claims it is the worst she has seen in her 75 years on the property and urged dog owners to make sure their dogs are supervised when not tied up or remain in secure yards.

The latest attack on September 13 resulted in six sheep being injured, one so badly they considered having her put down.

“However, with expert treatment from our vet and a lot of TLC most are recovering,” said Sue.

“We legally can shoot the dogs and some are butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth family pets.

“They are very good sheep and don’t deserve to be treated like this.

“You feel traumatised for the sheep. We can’t use the paddock because you don’t know when they will attack again.”

Just over 260 sheep were in the mob when they were forced through paddock fencing to escape the dogs.

Sue said they ended up on the road and in two different paddocks traumatised and scratched from the barbwire fencing.

“All sheep owners should be aware that there are killer dogs around this area and from the way our large mob had surged through the fence onto the road, two or more dogs working together,” said Sue.

Barossa Veterinary Clinic’s Dr Catherine Bishop attended the Holt property and tended to their sheep.

“The injuries were fairly significant and they were very lucky not to have killed them,” said Dr Bishop.

She said dogs can get very vicious when they act as a pack and often when they have attacked once, they are prone to do it again.

“It comes back to responsible dog ownership to know where the animals are at all times as much as possible,” said Dr Bishop.

“If it is happening… report it to Council. They will know if dogs are around and know if they are strays or dogs getting out.”

The Barossa Council general inspector, Mr Jamie Turley said Council has written to property owners in the vicinity as part of a broader notification and investigation process and they encourage the community to report all dog related matters to Council, as information provided
can often assist officers in their investigations.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.