Dogs chased a Highland cow “to death”, killing her and her full-time unborn calf yesterday evening (Thursday, May 27th, 2021).
The incident has prompted the farmer to urge the public to be responsible dog owners.
In a post on social media, the farmer said: “Our beautiful Highland cow called Gladys was killed yesterday evening on Eggardon Hill when some people recklessly allowed their dogs (reportedly Labradors) to chase her to death, killing both her and her full-term unborn calf.”
“Had I the farmer or the national that been informed at the time, Gladys would not have possibly languished all night in serious injury, pain and distress, and we might have been able to save her and her unborn calf.”
“These native breeds are imperative for grazing Eggardon to encourage nesting birds and rare flowering plants to thrive.”
“We are begging people to please please please adhere to the notice on the gate and KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD!”
“We cannot afford in financial terms and for mine and my children’s mental well-being to continuously deal with these distressing losses,” the farmer concluded.
Dispose of litter responsibly
Meanwhile, a veterinary practice in Northern Ireland has called on the public to dispose of litter responsibly.
Mourne Vets issued the appeal on social media on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, after one of its vets had to remove foreign objects from two cows over the weekend.
The veterinary practice warned that although the animals have made a full recovery, both could have died, as a result.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the practice said:
“It is important for all members of the public to take care of our countryside and responsibly dispose of our litter!”
“Last weekend, vet, Rachel, visited one of our farms to remove foreign objects from the mouth and throat of two separate cows.”
“Littering caused great discomfort and distress to these animals and put their lives at risk. Thankfully, due to the quick actions of both the farmer and vet, these cows have now made a full recovery.”
“However, this could have ended in death for both cows involved. Please dispose of your litter responsibly,” Mourne Vets concluded.