'One of the saddest days': Farmer's emotional post after dog attacks on stock

Six sheep were attacked and killed near Hastings, and another 28 were found dead on other nearby properties in the first series of attacks this month.
Six sheep were attacked and killed near Hastings, and another 28 were found dead on other nearby properties in the first series of attacks this month. Photo credit: Supplied/Sue Dixon

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A Hastings farmer has shared her anguish after continued attacks on stock by dogs.

Colin and Denise Davis have lost more than 100 lambs worth an estimated $20,000 in dog attacks over the past few weeks.

Earlier this month one of two dogs believed to be responsible for killing more than 30 sheep in the area was caught.

Six animals were attacked in the township of Bridge Pa, near Hastings, and a further 28 were found dead on two other properties.

Six sheep at Bridge Pa, near Hastings, were among those savaged by dogs earlier this month.
Six sheep at Bridge Pa, near Hastings, were among those savaged by dogs earlier this month. Photo credit: Supplied/Sue Dixon

But the attacks have continued.

In a post on Facebook, farmer Denise Davis told of the toll they were taking.

"One of the saddest days. Our poor poor lambs, some of which miraculously survived the attack at the Equestrian Park, Hastings on the 10th June, were attacked again," she said.

She went on to say the attacks came after a difficult time on the farm.

"Colin has worked so very hard through what has been an exceptionally difficult season, with an Autumn drought, facial eczema and drench resistance and now this. I can not begin to tell you how much this is hurting us."

She said the couple had picked up 30 dead lambs and treated another 18, and last week had picked up 36 dead lambs.

Davis made a desperate plea for any sightings of the dogs responsible.

"PLEASE, if you have seen any dogs with blood on them, please report it ASAP. We need the help of the public to stop people who own attacking dogs from continuing to be dog owners.

"Thank you for the words of support, phone calls, messages and texts. You have helped keep us going."

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