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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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11-year-old Jersey cow with calf killed in dog attack  

Police have launched an investigation after a Jersey cow with a calf were killed in a dog attack.

The incident occurred in Dorset in the UK between June 14th and June 21st, 21st.

A spokesperson for East Dorset Police said: “Sadly, we have to report another dog attack on livestock.”

“This occurred between June 14th and June 21st in a field behind the High Street in Shapwick.”

“The cow was a Jersey cow, 11-years-old and with calf. Neither has survived.”

Police have appealed to the public for information.

“If you were walking in the area between these dates along the public footpath through these fields and witnessed a dog attacking the cows, please could you make contact with Dorset Police, either by 101 or online and quote occurrence 55210099217.”

“Please be aware that you should keep your dog on a lead when passing through any field of livestock.

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“Just because your dog has never worried livestock before, it doesn’t mean it will never do it.”

Gladis’ Law

The attack comes just week after Gladis, an in-calf Highland cow, was killed by two dogs off their lead.

The incident occurred on Eggardon Hill in Dorset on May 26th, 2021, as reported by us.

The cow’s owner is calling on the public to sign a petition to support Gladis’ Law.

It seeks to change legislation to make it mandatory to keep dogs on leads when walking near livestock.

The farmer said:

“Had I been informed at the time, Gladis would not have possibly languished all night in serious injury, pain and distress. We might have been able to save her and her unborn calf.”

“We are campaigning for a change in law to insist that dogs are kept on lead when in areas where livestock could be.”

“Also, we are working on educating dog owners on the capabilities of their dogs. We want dog owners to understand that no dog can be 100% guaranteed not to chase. Popping dogs on leads when near livestock is the responsible thing to do.”

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