Dog attack kills reindeer

A reindeer calf died of its injuries after an attack by a dog left the animal with its face ripped open and a fractured jaw

A reindeer calf died of its injuries after an attack by a dog left the animal with its face ripped open and a fractured jaw

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A reindeer calf died of its injuries after an attack by a dog.

The attack on the calf, owned by the East Carlton company Real Reindeer, left the animal with its face ripped open and a fractured jaw.

Angie Flint, who owns the company with her husband Martin, said the dog attacked reindeer which were grazing in a paddock at their farm at about 3pm on Friday.

She said: “One of the reindeer, a calf, received horrific injuries and subsequently died and two other animals, one adult and another calf were injured.

“Amazingly, this is not covered under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

“Santa’s reindeer which bring joy to everyone at Christmas are on their own as far as dog attacks are concerned.”

Mrs Flint said the dog, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, went through a fence into the paddock and attacked the reindeer.

Her husband was alerted by the noise and went out, managing to separate the dog from the reindeer and out of the paddock.

Mrs Flint said: “At this point I arrived home and went immediately to the reindeer calf which was seriously injured.

“While calling the police and vet, I tended to the injured animal as best I could.

“The vet arrived and after seeing to the other injured reindeer advised us the calf needed to go straight to surgery where it died.

“This calf had its face ripped open deep enough to see the nostrils internally. It also had a fractured jaw.”

Real Reindeer shows its animals at events across the country.

It lists 10 Downing Street, television companies and British Airways, as well as hospitals and hospices, among its clients.