She had hunted frantically for them for hours, so when Zoe Kerr heard that her two missing dogs were safe she was naturally overjoyed.
Her beloved pets had been found after running off across moorland and given to a local farmer for safe-keeping overnight, she was told.
But Miss Kerr’s relief turned to horror when police went to the farm and found that both dogs had been shot with a bolt gun and their bodies hidden in a barn.Now, a farmer is entitled to shoot dogs worrying his sheep (which is what he claims happened), but only if he catches them in the act. Not if they've been caught and secured. Then it becomes a civil case to take up with the owner.
A police spokesman said: ‘A man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and released on bail. The bodies of the dogs have been seized by the RSPCA pending further investigation.’I predict the police will drop the criminal damage hot potato & turn it over to the RSPCA to prosecute for cruelty. The farmer is unrepentant:
He chained them in the barn and went to check on the flock, when he found three dead lambs.
He said: “There were three lambs killed outright. I saw red. They had attacked the sheep, and once a dog has done something like that you won’t stop them doing it again. I shot them.”
“In a fit of rage I shot them after seeing the suffering they had caused my defenceless sheep. I did it humanely with a captive bolt gun, the type that are used in slaughter houses.”He's undoubtedly an utter scumbag, but how can the RSPCA proceed with a cruelty charge when they have done the same thing..?
Never, never, never give these people money.