Couple angry at police response to dog attack

Gill and Tony Bharakhda had their pet sheep attacked by dogs and the police don't seem to be taking it seriously''Pictured: Gill and Tony Bharakhda
Gill and Tony Bharakhda had their pet sheep attacked by dogs and the police don't seem to be taking it seriously''Pictured: Gill and Tony Bharakhda
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A COUPLE whose sheep were savaged by dogs have accused police of not taking the attack seriously.

Gill and Tony Bharakdha have written to Suffolk’s Chief Constable Simon Ash saying: “We feel our local police force has failed to give us the level of professional service which we have the right to expect.”

All but one of their 16 sheep, kept at their home in Westhorpe Road, Finningham, were injured in two attacks and four died. Though police responded when called after the second attack, on July 10, the couple said on Wednesday there had been no follow up.

Mrs Bharakdha said: “There are dangerous dogs in the village. Next time this could be someone’s pet dog or a child.”

Mrs Bharakdha keeps the sheep because she trains border collies for trials. In the first attack, on July 8, a 12-year-old called Sophie was so badly savaged she died.

Two days later, they found the horrific sight of half eaten sheep in the field and the flock huddled in fear in a river. Mrs Bharakdha said: “They had skin torn off their tails, legs, necks, and were covered in blood.”

The police and RSPCA attended, and Mrs Bharakdha said the RSPCA, vet and person who disposes of fallen stock said it was dogs. She said the policeman told her someone would call the following day with a crime number, but there has been no contact.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “Following a number of inquiries, any animals responsible could not be identified. This incident has clearly caused a lot of distress to the sheep’s owners and we can assure them that we take reports of this nature very seriously.”