THE owners of four rare breed pedigree Portland sheep have spoken of their shock and anger after their animals were savaged by a dog.
One animal was killed in the attack and two were badly savaged, while another survived unscathed.
The attacked took place at Horsecroft Farm in Tittesworth Avenue, Leek, last Thursday afternoon.
The sheep belong to James and Carolyn Bews. Mr Bews said: "The sheep were pets and all rare pedigree Portland. We have lost one but we are hopeful the two who are both very badly hurt will survive.
"My wife went to check on them at about 3.30pm last Thursday afternoon.
"She was left shocked and very angry with what she found. Three animals were bleeding very badly when she arrived at the scene. The one who died had been attacked on the throat and bled to death.
"We have lived at the farm for nine years and have never had problems before. A lot of time has been spent rearing and looking after the sheep.
"When my wife found the sheep there was no sign of any dog, but she did see someone roaming around the area.
"We have to call out a vet twice to the two savaged animals."
The rare pedigree sheep, of which there are only around 200 left in the country, are valued at between £150 and £200.
Following the gruesome find the couple contacted the police.
PCSO Paul Flowers said: "This was a small conservation project kept for breeding.
"This is another example of a dog out of control which is now a proven killer and I dread to think if it gets out of control again and comes in front of a small child.
"It is believed Mrs Bews did see the dog owner and we now hope that they will come forward."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We received a call just before 6pm on Thursday, April 3, reporting the death of one sheep and injury to two others at a farm in Tittesworth Avenue, Leek, which are believed to have been chased by a dog.
"Officers carried out a thorough area search but were unable to locate the dog or the owner."
Anyone with any information to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 558 of April 3.