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Dog attacks return

Farmer warns owners to tie pets up or face paying for their damage

Dog attacks return

More sheep have died south of Narrabri and a local farmer has warned dog owners they will foot the bill for his losses if he catches the culprit.

David Scilley was speaking after losing up several ewes and lambs after a dog attack at his Newell Highway property on Tuesday night.

The manner of the attack has led Mr Scilley to believe it was the same dog who attacked his sheep a few weeks ago, a dog he believes came from Narrabri or Gun Club Road and attacked lambs and a ewe died trying to protect them.

Mr Scilley said up to eight lambs were missing and another 15 were injured. A handful of ewes were missing all their lambs. The problems with the dogs were highlighted in November, when Mr Scilley and neighbouring farmer Andrew Mullins spoke out about the losses they were suffering due to wild and possibly domestic dogs. The financial cost has been in the tens of thousands of dollars and Mr Scilley said there was a simple message for owners of dogs found to be responsible for the attacks.

“The police have been called and the owners will face charges,” he said.

“They’ve had plenty of warnings.”