A FARMER whose husband shot a dog last year after it savagely attacked one of the couple's cows has been left with a dead goose after another "out of control" canine got into the farm.
Karen Wall, who owns the country's smallest dairy at Trenow Cove in Perranuthnoe near Marazion, went outside on Friday morning to hear her flock of geese "screeching and flapping".
After seeing what she thought was a Jack Russell terrier attacking one of her Christmas birds, Mrs Wall said she had to step in to rescue the goose – but found a second had already been killed.
"I ran out of the house to see a terrier latching on," she said. "I managed to get the dog off. It was very snappy. I'm so fed-up with dog-owners not being able to control their dogs.
"I've got the dead goose sitting here on my door step, half-chewed."
Mrs Wall said that last Wednesday a similar incident occurred when a dog went into a fenced area.
Police are reportedly investigating the two incidents, but Mrs Wall said she had had enough.
"I'm up to my eyeballs in dog attacks," she said. "To what lengths do we have to go to keep our animals safe?"
In March last year three of the farm's rare breed cows were injured by a pitbull and a Newfoundland/Staffordshire bull terrier cross, resulting in one of the dogs being shot dead by Mrs Wall's husband Nick and the second being put down.
At the time Mrs Wall said the scene resembled a "road traffic accident".
The farmer said she blamed the dogs' owners for not taking adequate responsibility for their pets.
She claimed the woman out walking with the dog in Friday's incident did not have control of her pets.
Inspector Jean Phillips of Penzance Police Station said that dog-owners had to be careful when out walking.
"Dog-owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control when on footpaths," she said.
"On this occasion the dog quite clearly hasn't been – I can see why the farm owner will be livid at having to deal with this type of incident.
"It really isn't that difficult to keep dogs on the lead."
Inspector Phillips said a suspect had been identified and would be spoken to.