Warning from farm worker after second dog attack

Kerry Nichols, co owner of Unicorn Walks at Shipmeadow, holding two of the injured cockerels which w

Kerry Nichols, co owner of Unicorn Walks at Shipmeadow, holding two of the injured cockerels which were attacked by a dog which got into their coop. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2021

A farm volunteer has issued a warning to dog owners after the second dog attack against their animals in a matter of months.

The dog entered the farm in Shipmeadow, Suffolk, on Sunday, January 3 and attacked the cockerels on the farm.

Lucie Etheridge issued a warning to dog owners in the local area to keep them off the farm or on a lead.

The cockerels who are still wary after they were attacked by a dog which got into their coop at Unic

The cockerels who are still wary after they were attacked by a dog which got into their coop at Unicorn Walks, Shipmeadow. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2021

She said: "The alpacas and large animals luckily were all safe but our poor cockerels didn't fair so well.

"The dog has ripped open the fully wired in pen and killed at least one and left others injured and completely traumatised.


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"I know to some people they are just cockerels but to us they are family and it was so awful to come in and find them so scared they had frozen to the spot."

The repaired fence of the coop at Unicorn Walks, Shipmeadow, after the cockerels were attacked by a

The repaired fence of the coop at Unicorn Walks, Shipmeadow, after the cockerels were attacked by a dog. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2021

Lucie added: "We are not on a public footpath so no one has the right to be dog walking on the farm anyway.

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"Hopefully our sad situation will make people take more care with their dogs."

The farm are still raising funds for Rafiki's vet bills and you can donate here: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/rafiki-the-alpaca 

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