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Sheep killed in vicious attack

Torbay charity says it suffered horribly

Dog walkers are being urged to keep their pets on a lead after a sheep was found dead after suffering a ‘vicious’ attack.

The animal was discovered in a field at Maidencombe, a coastal village near Torquay, on Sunday. It was part of a flock managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, which looks after open land owned by Torbay Council. The trust posted pictures of the animal on its Facebook page and said it had “suffered horribly”.

It asked people to keep dogs on leads near livestock, stay on marked paths and close gates.

The trust said: “This is one of our sheep. She was the victim of the most vicious dog attack, we think on Sunday, at Maidencombe. She suffered horribly and we found her by a tree where she had dragged herself to die.”

It said gates and signs have been found vandalised in the area in the last week.

The trust is an independent charity which manages more than 1,700 acres of open land around Torbay, most under a lease from the council.

 

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