Scenes of horror after 25 sheep are massacred in Aylesbury Vale village

A farmer in Grendon Underwood said that she awoke to a scene of horror as 25 sheep were mauled to death on her farm.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:26 pm

Between the hours of 4pm and 10am yesterday morning, the farmer found 25 dead lambs, with a further 20 found seriously injured.

She told The Bucks Herald the injured lambs may not survive.

It is believed to have been a dog attack, and one of the most brutal the county has ever seen.

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Andy and Jenny Young own Middle Farm, Grendon Underwood, where the attack took place.

The sheep were mauled in the field connected by a bridleway where the path cuts past Crescent cottages in Grendon Underwood.

The landowner said she was 'In complete and utter disbelief".

Jenny said: "It is with great anger, frustration, horror and complete and utter disbelief I am having to write this post right now.

"Between the hours of 4 pm yesterday and 10 am this morning we have had the most horrific dog attack on our flock.

"Twenty-five lambs were viciously attacked and died and 20 have been injured some of which may not survive."

Andy Young said: "After Our Vet had been to see them and take photos for the police he advised us it was more than one dog more of a pack and they were large dogs.

"The owner of these dogs know they did it as they would have been covered in blood from the complete and utter carnage that my son found this morning.

"You have no idea how much distress this has caused to our animals and our family"

They added that they had always been very tolerant of walkers, dog walkers and horse-riders who use the bridleway.

However they added that they would now be forced to restrict access after the attack.

Thames Valley Police said: "We are aware of a report of a large number of sheep being killed and injured in the area of Grendon Underwood.

"This is a tragic incident and enquiries are ongoing.

"If you have any information please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting incident number 20210317-1723."

The deaths come just under a fortnight after a sheep was butchered in Quarrendon Leas, Aylesbury - with three lambs also dying during that incident - Read the full story here.

Speaking to The Bucks Herald previously, RSPCA inspector, Caren Goodman-James, urged dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead around livestock.

She said: “It is heartbreaking to hear that so many sheep have died as a result of dog attacks, which could have easily been prevented had the owners kept their dog on a lead and not let them run loose near livestock.

“Whilst the vast majority of people take care as a matter of course, sadly accidents can happen and even the most docile and obedient dogs can get distracted and excited by grazing animals.

“You may think that if your dog momentarily chases a flock of sheep and comes back relatively quickly that there would be no harm done, but even if there are no visible injuries, actually it could be causing the animals a lot of worry and anxiety, which can be really harmful to their health. Ewes have been known to abort unborn lambs whilst under stress which is particularly tragic.”