Farmer mauled in Nutley as he tried to protect sheep from dog attack

Police are appealing for information after a farmer was mauled as he tried to protect a sheep which was being attacked by two dogs at Nutley.

They say the dogs were described as completely black in colour with a build similar to a Labrador or Collie type, although the tails were more fluffy than a Labrador’s would be.

The police said they would be sharing details of the incidents widely in the hope of finding the dogs and their owner.

The conservators of the Ashdown Forest have also issued an appeal to all dog owners, both local residents and visitors to the Ashdown Forest to keep their dogs under proper control while in the vicinity of livestock.

They say in a Facebook post: “This appeal comes after a shocking incident on Monday, October 9, at 6.30pm on Ashdown Forest at Lower Misbourne Farm, Nutley, (Clock House Lane and School Lane area).

“Two black dogs were attacking a sheep and when the farmer attempted to rescue his sheep, he was viciously mauled by one of the dogs causing severe facial injuries that required urgent hospital treatment.

“It is understood similar dogs have been seen running and chasing sheep in the grazing area on a number of previous occasions.”

The conservators said they were anxious to identify the owners of the dogs to prevent any further attacks.

The police can be contacted on 101, quoting the crime reference number 1229 of 09/10/2017.

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