A mate in the village has had both his cockers shot by a local farmer for "sheep worrying".
The dogs were biddable, trained dogs who got out of the garden and into the field behind the house. There were sheep with lambs in the field. The farmer shot one at enough range for the shot to spread, the other was at v close range (single entry wound, massive exit.)
He made no effort to contact my mate afterwards- it was only after my mate put the word around that the dogs were missing that it all came out. The bodies were left in a ditch (they had collars with contact details on.)
My mate isn't an ignorant townie, he's a country lad and knows a farmer has the right to shoot dogs to protect livestock as a last resort, but this farmer is somewhat notorious locally. I doubt any effort was made to call them off but of course, no witnesses... I'm sceptical these dogs would've been chasing sheep, let alone "worrying" them. In the past, I've been inclined to side with the farmer in these circumstances but knowing the dogs and the farmer, I'm seeing things in a different light.
Lots of ill-feeling round here about this.