Sheep dies after dog forces helpless animal to plummet 300ft over cliff edge
This is the shocking moment an out-of-control dog forced a sheep to plummet 70 feet over a cliff edge to its death.
The rampaging canine penned the two sheep back towards the cliff at Seven Sisters Country Park in Seaford, East Sussex, shortly after 3pm on Saturday.
Horrified onlookers watched in terror as one of the sheep got too close to the edge of the cliff while backing away from the dog and fell into the rocks below and died.
The dog immediately turned its attention to the other trapped animal but it managed to outfox him and free itself before owners managed to collar him and whisk him away.
Photographer Eddie Nolan captured the terrifying incident while out walking at the park.
Eddie said: “I was just walking along the Seven Sisters with my camera taking a few photos when I came across the dog attacking the sheep – it had already started when I got there.
“The sheep was against the cliff face and just lost its footing on the loose ground and went over the edge.
“It was a really shocking moment when it went over and everyone there looked pretty shaken by it.
“The dog just moved on to the other sheep while its owners screamed and shouted at him.
“It was only when the sheep managed to get around the dog that they managed to get a leash on it.”
The pictures were later shared more than 6,500 times on Facebook after farmer Zoe Stanisstreet shared them and urged dog owners to tackle the issue of sheep worrying.
Zoe posted: “This dog chased two lambs resulting in one being forced off the cliff.
“Not only is this a huge loss but both these lambs would of experienced a great deal of stress and panic. Many tourists were present during this horrific ordeal.
“Sheep worrying is a growing problem for farmers not only in the south east but across the country and is a criminal offence, please help us name and shame this irresponsible dog owner by sharing this post.
“If you know this person please get in touch with us or contact the police.”
Sussex Police were informed of the incident on Sunday morning and have launched an investigation.
A spokesman for Sussex police said: “At 9.40pm on Sunday (21 June) we received a call from a member of the public reporting that another person had told him that a dog had chased a lamb off cliffs at Seven Sisters Country Park.
“Officers will investigate to see what dog worrying offences may have been committed under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.”