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The farmer fatally hits the family's beloved Cockapoo Benji in the face with a shotgun


One dog owner was distraught after a farmer shot her tiny Cockapoo while it strayed into his field.

Kerri Malley, 40, of Winterley, Cheshire, was walking near a sheep field with Benji, three, when he was walking away from her.

She said the dog ran away when it got a shock after touching an electric fence.

But when she found Benji, he was shot by farmer Robert Holdcroft, who allegedly claimed the dog was worried about his animals.

However, when MailOnline contacted them, Mr. Holdcroft's family claimed that Ms. Malley's dog had been in their field for 20 minutes, chasing their sheep into a bath using a pond.

They said it "took a long time" for Mr Holdcroft to get the sheep out, adding that although they were "animal lovers", they were "within our rights" to shoot the dog.

One dog owner was distraught after a farmer shot her tiny Cockapoo while it strayed into his field. Kerri Malley, 40, of Winterley, Cheshire, was walking near a sheep field with Benji, three, when he was walking away from her. Pictured: the dog with Mrs. Malley's daughters Scarlett (left), Seren and Sienna

Devastated, Ms. Malley claims she stepped into the field and waved her arms to attract the farmer who was standing next to his Land Rover.

The mother of three claims when she asked him if he saw her pet he said, "Yes, I shot it, help yourself, it's in the back."

It was only when she looked inside the trailer that she said she saw the family pet had been shot in the face and was barely breathing, she claimed.

And although Benji rushed to the vets, unfortunately he died just minutes after their arrival.

The Cheshire Constabulary investigated and said the farmer had "found a dog attacking a sheep" and was allowed to shoot him.

But Ms. Malley is calling for a change in the law.

She said the dog ran away when it got a shock after touching an electric fence. But when she found Benji, he was shot by the farmer who allegedly claimed the dog was worried about his animals

She said the dog ran away when it got a shock after touching an electric fence. But when she found Benji, he was shot by the farmer who allegedly claimed the dog was worried about his animals

She said, “My Benji was lying there and was shot in the face. I fell to my knees and was completely shocked by what I saw.

“Nothing I do now can bring him back.

“I think dog owners need to be aware of the implications of choosing to let their dog off the leash.

"I don't condone worrying sheep and their lack of concern, but there has to be a more humane way of dealing with it these days."

Devastated, Ms. Malley claims she stepped into the field and waved her arms to attract the farmer who was standing next to his Land Rover. The mother of three claims when she asked him if he saw her pet he said, "Yes, I shot it, help yourself, it's in the back."

Devastated, Ms. Malley claims she stepped into the field and waved her arms to attract the farmer who was standing next to his Land Rover. The mother of three claims when she asked him if he saw her pet he said, "Yes, I shot it, help yourself, it's in the back."

Ms. Malley, a director of a car loan company, was walking her sister-in-law, her young nephew, and her dog in Sandbach, Cheshire, when the incident occurred on Nov. 13.

She lost sight of her 17-inch pup as he ran away, and after a ten-minute search, approached the farmer.

"I climbed through the hedge, the barbed wire and over the electric fence myself to chase Benji, but I couldn't get to the other field where the sheep were because the mud was so deep," she said.

“I had to go back on myself and around the outside, so covered about a quarter of a mile.

"Benji was out of sight for a maximum of ten minutes until I found him."

Explaining what happened when she found the farmer, she added, “He answered; "Yeah, I shot it, help yourself, it's in the back."

"What he said went unnoticed at first – I felt a big sigh of relief when I thought he would be behind with his cheeky face knowing he was in trouble because he ran away."

The Cheshire Constabulary investigated and said the farmer had "found a dog attacking a sheep" and was allowed to shoot him. Pictured: Benji with wife Malley's daughter Scarlett

The Cheshire Constabulary investigated and said the farmer had "found a dog attacking a sheep" and was allowed to shoot him. Pictured: Benji with wife Malley's daughter Scarlett

I went to remove Benji's collar and couldn't believe he was still breathing. His eyes were still open and he was losing a lot of blood, ”she said.

We ran from the field with him in my husband's arms and took him straight to the vets.

"The vets did everything in their power to save him, but the damage the shotgun did made it impossible for them."

Ms. Malley said police told her the farmer kicked the family dog ​​twice before shooting him – and she wished he'd grabbed the dog instead.

Ms. Malley, a director of a car loan company, was walking her sister-in-law, her young nephew, and her dog in Sandbach, Cheshire, when the incident occurred on Nov. 13. Image: Benji with wife Malley's husband Adam

Ms. Malley, a director of a car loan company, was walking her sister-in-law, her young nephew, and her dog in Sandbach, Cheshire, when the incident occurred on Nov. 13. Picture: Benji with wife Malley's husband Adam

"We let both dogs off the leash where we thought it would be safe, with no cattle in sight and no signs telling us otherwise," she said.

Under the Animals Act of 1971, it is legal to shoot a dog who is “worrying” the livestock if the farmer believes sheep are in imminent danger and the measures are appropriate.

A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman said: "The officers received a report on Friday, November 13th at around 2:30 pm in the Sandbach area. A farmer found a dog attacking a sheep.

The farmer, unable to contain the dog and protect the livestock, shot the dog under the Animals Act of 1971, resulting in the dog's death.

The farmer immediately informed the police, the officers conducted an investigation and found that no crime had taken place.

& # 39; The dog's owners have been informed.

"During the course of the investigation, additional reports of malicious communications were generated and investigations are ongoing."

The farmer could not be contacted for comment.

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