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A farmer has lost half his flock of Cheviot-cross ewe lambs after they were savaged and killed by dogs on farmland in Pembrokeshire.

The flock was wintering on tack near Broad Haven when the dogs attacked, leaving 28 ewe lambs dead.

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Police say the dogs have yet to be traced but they believe the owner would have known about the incident because of the amount of blood involved.

The attack happened in January but details have only just been released. PC Gerwyn Davies, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said the incident had caused financial loss and distress to both the owner of the sheep and the landowner.

“This has caused a big loss to the owner of the livestock, who is from Aberdare, and caused upset to the local landowner,’’ he said.

PC Davies pointed out that the Animal Act 1971 allows landowners to destroy dogs found worrying livestock, but they must notify their local police station within 48 hours of the killing.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact PC Davies at Haverfordwest Police Station on 101.