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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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18 lambs dead after dogs possibly ‘set loose’

A dog attack involving 18 lambs in Nottinghamshire has cost a farmer more than £1,600.

The “savage” attack is believed to have happened between 9 pm on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning.

Nottinghamshire Police visited the farm on Saturday, June 12th.

Dog attack 

Officers were called to the scene on Saturday, where they counted 13 dead lambs and five others seriously injured. Unfortunately, one died while they were there, and a local vet had to destroy the other four humanely.

The majority of the lambs were left in a pile, and others were scattered around, leading investigators to suspect this was a deliberate act.

Dogs may have been set loose in field during night 

In a statement following the visit, a spokesperson said:

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“It is thought the offenders entered private property linked to a farm in Warsop and then set dogs onto them.”

“The farmer initially discovered 13 dead and the others seriously injured.”

Chief inspector, Chris Sullivan from Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was a terrible and despicable act and has understandably left the farmer completely distraught.”

“One theory is that dogs have possibly been set loose in the field during the night. Some of the lambs were found dead. But, others had to be put to sleep because their injuries were so severe.”

“Our officers and our specials rural crime team are now working with the RSPCA to track down who has committed such a brutal and inhumane act like this. This is unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated at any cost.”

Police have urged anyone who has any information or may have witnessed any suspicious activity at the time the incident occurred to make contact with us them so they can “bring those responsible to justice quickly”.

They have asked anyone with any information to call 101 quoting incident number 364 on June 12th, 2021.

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