Owner of Hensting Aplacas sanctuary in Owslebury fears more harm to his animals after a savage attack by dogs

Derek and Hazel Brown with their alpacas

Derek and Hazel Brown with their alpacas

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

THE OWNER of an animal sanctuary left devastated after two runaway dogs savagely attacked his animals fears they will strike again now they have been returned to their owners.

Derek Brown, who runs the Hensting Alpacas sanctuary in Owslebury, cannot believe that the Labradors have been allowed back home, where they had escaped from in the first place.

As previously reported, the dogs ripped apart 76 chickens and left four heavily pregnant alpacas, worth around £3,000 each, with serious injuries after getting onto the farm.

Police arrived at the scene and seized both the dogs but they have been given back to their owners, who were away at the time of the incident on Sunday.

Worried that the dogs will escape again, Mr Brown fears they will attack again and is worried that a child could be their next victim.

He added: “I cannot believe that these dogs have been allowed back to their owners.

“They have escaped so many times, so they will attack again. They have a taste for it now and I fear for who they will attack next.

“These dogs need to be put down before anyone else is hurt.”

Police confirmed that the dogs have been released back to their owners but added that they only seized the dogs in this instance because the owners were away at the time of the incident.

They added that it is not usual practice for police to seize dogs in cases like this and only happens if the owner is away.

Their investigation into the incident continues.

Mr Brown, who told the Daily Echo that the attack on his animals will cost him around £20,000, is now looking to take legal action to get the dogs destroyed.

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8:34am Thu 12 Jun 14

elvisimo says...

ludicrous - should be put down.
ludicrous - should be put down. elvisimo
  • Score: 16

8:58am Thu 12 Jun 14

ecuk268 says...

Get themselves a 12-bore.

You can legally shoot dogs if they are attacking livestock.
Get themselves a 12-bore. You can legally shoot dogs if they are attacking livestock. ecuk268
  • Score: 26

9:31am Thu 12 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

ecuk268 wrote:
Get themselves a 12-bore.

You can legally shoot dogs if they are attacking livestock.
As a landowner it will be fairly straightforward to obtain a Shotgun Certificate or alternatively you can grant access to a registered Shotgun Certificate holder to shoot on your land until the problem is resolved. If the dogs escape regularly, it won't be a long wait.
[quote][p][bold]ecuk268[/bold] wrote: Get themselves a 12-bore. You can legally shoot dogs if they are attacking livestock.[/p][/quote]As a landowner it will be fairly straightforward to obtain a Shotgun Certificate or alternatively you can grant access to a registered Shotgun Certificate holder to shoot on your land until the problem is resolved. If the dogs escape regularly, it won't be a long wait. Torchie1
  • Score: 11

9:59am Thu 12 Jun 14

St.Winch70 says...

This is awful, but why do we always have to have the obligatory 'It could be a child next' nonsense.
This is awful, but why do we always have to have the obligatory 'It could be a child next' nonsense. St.Winch70
  • Score: -1

10:42am Thu 12 Jun 14

SilvanDryad says...

He can sue the owners, because legally dogs are deemed to be under the control of the owners. (That's why it's the owner's fault if you run one over, because they did not have it under control.)
He can sue the owners, because legally dogs are deemed to be under the control of the owners. (That's why it's the owner's fault if you run one over, because they did not have it under control.) SilvanDryad
  • Score: 20

11:22am Thu 12 Jun 14

coffeebean says...

So in a space of a couple of days the land owners have changed there name to Brown will it be smith next
So in a space of a couple of days the land owners have changed there name to Brown will it be smith next coffeebean
  • Score: -8

11:30am Thu 12 Jun 14

huckit P says...

The owners of the dogs are responsible for them, whether they were away at the time or not. It is their responsibility to ensure they are under control at all times.
Instead of putting the dogs down they should be removed from the owners and given some professional training.
On top of that the owners should be banned from keeping dogs as they are obviously not able to control the two they have.
The landowner should also consider previous comments about getting a shotgun licence. Belt and braces approach then!
The owners of the dogs are responsible for them, whether they were away at the time or not. It is their responsibility to ensure they are under control at all times. Instead of putting the dogs down they should be removed from the owners and given some professional training. On top of that the owners should be banned from keeping dogs as they are obviously not able to control the two they have. The landowner should also consider previous comments about getting a shotgun licence. Belt and braces approach then! huckit P
  • Score: 18

1:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

sparkster says...

spot on huckit Pif the owners cannot/will not control their dogs they should be taken away from them and should not be allowed to keep dogs
spot on huckit Pif the owners cannot/will not control their dogs they should be taken away from them and should not be allowed to keep dogs sparkster
  • Score: 9

2:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

If dogs killed the chickens couldn't a fox kill them too? Were they not in an enclosed pen
If dogs killed the chickens couldn't a fox kill them too? Were they not in an enclosed pen Zexagon
  • Score: -4

3:31pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Farmer49 says...

"They have escaped so many times, so they will attack again".
If they've escaped so many times how come they've only attacked once? Who says they'll do it again.
"They have escaped so many times, so they will attack again". If they've escaped so many times how come they've only attacked once? Who says they'll do it again. Farmer49
  • Score: -2

4:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Waryone says...

Dear echo, Derek's surname is Moore by the way!
Dear echo, Derek's surname is Moore by the way! Waryone
  • Score: 2

6:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

countrywench says...

What is also missing from this report is the fact that the two dogs attacked a man walking by with his dog , in front of the police !
They broke free from the rope that was holding them and tried to attack a walker passing by ..
We don't all live on the land we own by the way ....so live stock is left protected as best it can be ..
Yes a gun would have been good had Derek been there with the gun at the time ..
Yes a fox could attack but generally isn't strong enough to break through a fence ...
There are other reports about these two dogs that cannot be stated as of yet ..
They need to be put down .. Would you trust them ?
What is also missing from this report is the fact that the two dogs attacked a man walking by with his dog , in front of the police ! They broke free from the rope that was holding them and tried to attack a walker passing by .. We don't all live on the land we own by the way ....so live stock is left protected as best it can be .. Yes a gun would have been good had Derek been there with the gun at the time .. Yes a fox could attack but generally isn't strong enough to break through a fence ... There are other reports about these two dogs that cannot be stated as of yet .. They need to be put down .. Would you trust them ? countrywench
  • Score: 7

6:59pm Thu 12 Jun 14

countrywench says...

coffeebean wrote:
So in a space of a couple of days the land owners have changed there name to Brown will it be smith next
His name is Moore ..
Well done Daily Echo for your awesome report .. Would be nice if you could at least remember the name of the people your interviewing !
[quote][p][bold]coffeebean[/bold] wrote: So in a space of a couple of days the land owners have changed there name to Brown will it be smith next[/p][/quote]His name is Moore .. Well done Daily Echo for your awesome report .. Would be nice if you could at least remember the name of the people your interviewing ! countrywench
  • Score: 4

10:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

coffeebean says...

Waryone wrote:
Such a lovely family - the Moores! Cough, cough!
Waryone your right there
[quote][p][bold]Waryone[/bold] wrote: Such a lovely family - the Moores! Cough, cough![/p][/quote]Waryone your right there coffeebean
  • Score: 1

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