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Lamb attacked near Selby

Lamb attacked near Selby

1:18pm 11th August 2010

A lamb has been attacked by dogs near Selby.

It happend in the Knottingly area  in a field near Cut Road and Fairburn Ings on Monday evening.

It is alleged that three men with two lurcher-type dogs, and what appeared to be a gingery-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier, allowed the dogs to attack the lamb.

They were then seen walking off over the West Yorkshire border and across the three arch bridge in the direction of Castleford.

The deep bite injuries to the lamb’s neck could have been life-threatening had it been left alone in the field. But it survived thanks to the swift actions of the police officers and a member of the public who administered first aid to the animal.

PC Tony Robertson of the Tadcaster Safer Neighbourhood Team, who attended the 999 call out with colleague PC Kevin Keenan, said: "This was a shocking and callous attack on a defenceless animal. What makes it worse is that the men with the dogs were heard laughing as they casually walked away from the injured lamb.

"This nasty incident has had a significant impact on the local farming community. I urge anyone with information that could help to identity the individuals involved to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately."

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