A SHEEP has died following a savage dog attack – the second of its type in the area in under a month.

Police are appealing for information after the sheep was found dead at a farm in Kingsclere on the morning of Wednesday, March 8.

It is believed the sheep was killed sometime between 8am and 9.30am that morning. The animal had injuries consistent with being attacked by a dog.

This is the second such incident to take place in Kingsclere in the past month.

On Saturday, February 11, three sheep were found dead at a farm.

Two of them received extensive injuries while the third sheep is believed to have died from shock.

PC Vincent Lane, of Tadley police station, said: “All dog walkers need to get the message that this senseless loss of life can prevented by using a lead.

“Dogs worrying livestock is a criminal offence contrary to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

“In such incidents, the owner/person in control of the dog can be prosecuted, the dog can be shot by the farmer to end an attack, and livestock can be seriously injured or killed as a result.

“It is also common for other animals witnessing this to die from shock.”

Police say the dog and its owner have not yet been identified. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 101, quoting 44170087002.