Weymouth farmer in shock after day-old calf is butchered

Dorset Echo: SADDENED: Farmer Doug Timms with Alexis, the cow whose calf was savagely killed SADDENED: Farmer Doug Timms with Alexis, the cow whose calf was savagely killed

A SHOCKED farmer made a gruesome discovery when he found one of his day-old calves had been killed.

Doug Timms, of Wyke Regis, went to check on his herd in a nearby field yesterday morning to find that Bobby, a bull calf, had been disembowelled.

The calf’s ear had also been sliced off in the sickening attack.

Mr Timms said: “I was taking a bottle up to the field to make sure the calf had some milk and there it was, lying there with its mother standing over it.

“I was shocked. I feel most sorry for his mother, Alexis. She’s the one who carried him for nine months and now he’s gone.”

The calf, which was born on Monday afternoon was worth around £200.

The farmer owns 44 cattle with many recently calving in a birthing pen he set up.

Mr Timms, 66, of Castle Hill Road, added: “It makes me worry about the rest of the cattle. I’ve been working on this land for 50 years. I’ve farmed my cows here since 1977 and I worked for the landowner since I was a boy before that.

“In all that time I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve never had anything like this happen before.

“This little one had only just managed to walk. The other cows can run like the wind but he couldn’t get away.”

Mr Timms believes that the attack was not caused by a dog even hough there was one in the area at he time.

He said the nature of the wounds led him to believe that a person carried out the attack.

However, he says people walking dogs have also led to problems in the area.

He said: “We put the cows up there in the field to keep them safe, out of the lanes and away from any animals. I’m worried it might happen again.

“A little while ago, someone told me they thought a cow was dead in one of the fields but when I went down there it was a badger.

“You could tell by the way it was savaged that an animal did it.

“I want to warn people not to bring their dogs over here. Fisher-men sometimes tell me they see a man with a lurcher in the fields.”

A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: “We received a call to say that a calf had been killed sometime on Monday night At the moment, we have no reason to believe it may have been anything other than a dog attack. The local PCSO is aware in case anything else occurs to make us think otherwise.”

Besides the hole in its stomach and missing ear, the calf appears to be relatively undamaged which has led to questions over what caused its death.

Mr Timms added: “The police said they can’t prove what’s done it, which I guess is fair enough.

“But I’m not sure what killed this calf. It’s the way the ear’s been cut clean off. Something’s just not right.”

CONTROL OF DOGS RULES

AN RSPCA spokesman said: “We don’t know if this calf’s death was the result of a dog attack but sadly they are all too common and the RSPCA is aware of livestock being killed and badly maimed by dogs which have not been kept under control by their owners.

"Responsible dog owners should keep their pets under control and if appropriate on lead around livestock, especially in the spring and summer months when there are lots of young about.

“If a farmer believes a dog is worrying his livestock, he is well within his rights to shoot it. It is therefore in the dog owner’s interest to keep their pet under control.”

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1:12pm Wed 16 May 12

JamesYoung says...

A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone".
Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time? JamesYoung

1:33pm Wed 16 May 12

old-mo says...

JamesYoung wrote:
A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone".
Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months...

Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case.

Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines...

Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year...

But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?[/p][/quote]I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them... old-mo

2:35pm Wed 16 May 12

I'm-Tired says...

old-mo wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone".
Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months...

Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case.

Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines...

Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year...

But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...
So old-mo your saying that anyone under the age of 60 does not look after their dog??!! And obviously not a dog lover then?! My partner and I work really very hard at training our dog, we take her to training classes, we ALWAYS pick up her 'mess', she is microchipped, wormed, flea'd, vaccinated, groomed daily, walked daily, fed proper healthy dog food, basically she is a well looked after dog so why should she be shot if we are following a footpath that goes into a farmers field, is on the lead and being well-behaved?! Once again the good dog owners are being dragged through the mud all because of bad dog owners and it makes my skin boil!! Don't tarnish us with the same brush, it's not fair!
[quote][p][bold]old-mo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?[/p][/quote]I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...[/p][/quote]So old-mo your saying that anyone under the age of 60 does not look after their dog??!! And obviously not a dog lover then?! My partner and I work really very hard at training our dog, we take her to training classes, we ALWAYS pick up her 'mess', she is microchipped, wormed, flea'd, vaccinated, groomed daily, walked daily, fed proper healthy dog food, basically she is a well looked after dog so why should she be shot if we are following a footpath that goes into a farmers field, is on the lead and being well-behaved?! Once again the good dog owners are being dragged through the mud all because of bad dog owners and it makes my skin boil!! Don't tarnish us with the same brush, it's not fair! I'm-Tired

5:45pm Wed 16 May 12

bandit1 says...

old-mo wrote:
JamesYoung wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...
What a stupid ignorant person you are, a total moron, people like you class everybody the same. You talk about **** machines you seem to be full of it! What a sad world it would be if everybody had an attitude like you.
[quote][p][bold]old-mo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?[/p][/quote]I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...[/p][/quote]What a stupid ignorant person you are, a total moron, people like you class everybody the same. You talk about **** machines you seem to be full of it! What a sad world it would be if everybody had an attitude like you. bandit1

6:04pm Wed 16 May 12

Lizzy Bennett says...

Sickening ,however it happened, maybe the RsPCA can get involved.
Noone blamed travellers yet?
Sickening ,however it happened, maybe the RsPCA can get involved. Noone blamed travellers yet? Lizzy Bennett

8:01pm Wed 16 May 12

ladygodiva61 says...

Have you not heard of "cattle mutalations" They happen all over the world. signs usually are an ear removed, tounge cut out, jaw stripped of flesh, rectoll coring, disemboweling, penis or udders removed. All or some are signs of CM. Look it up on line and you will see what is doing it.
Have you not heard of "cattle mutalations" They happen all over the world. signs usually are an ear removed, tounge cut out, jaw stripped of flesh, rectoll coring, disemboweling, penis or udders removed. All or some are signs of CM. Look it up on line and you will see what is doing it. ladygodiva61

8:26pm Wed 16 May 12

blobby96 says...

whoever it is should be shot and that includes dogs running loose if at all, but its not going to be a dog, this is obviously some sick person/s probably comes from a disturbed childhood who needs all our help and loving!!! gather round
whoever it is should be shot and that includes dogs running loose if at all, but its not going to be a dog, this is obviously some sick person/s probably comes from a disturbed childhood who needs all our help and loving!!! gather round blobby96

8:49pm Wed 16 May 12

galacticwalker says...

I would have thought the police would be interested. A dog is one thing, a person another. Who knows what they might go on to do. I would have thought it was in the public interest to find out.
I would have thought the police would be interested. A dog is one thing, a person another. Who knows what they might go on to do. I would have thought it was in the public interest to find out. galacticwalker

9:02pm Wed 16 May 12

ladygodiva61 says...

The police arnt interested because they know what it is and they cant do anything about it. Its not dogs and its not humans. Do i have to spell it out?
The police arnt interested because they know what it is and they cant do anything about it. Its not dogs and its not humans. Do i have to spell it out? ladygodiva61

9:07pm Wed 16 May 12

old-mo says...

bandit1 wrote:
old-mo wrote:
JamesYoung wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...
What a stupid ignorant person you are, a total moron, people like you class everybody the same. You talk about **** machines you seem to be full of it! What a sad world it would be if everybody had an attitude like you.
You ever seen a little kid with their face half torn off, because of a dog attack ?

I have !!! and that was a so called placid dog that wouldn`t chase a cat...

So dont call me a moron....

It only takes one loving little Docile, Placid loving dog to difigure a child for ever.
[quote][p][bold]bandit1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old-mo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?[/p][/quote]I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...[/p][/quote]What a stupid ignorant person you are, a total moron, people like you class everybody the same. You talk about **** machines you seem to be full of it! What a sad world it would be if everybody had an attitude like you.[/p][/quote]You ever seen a little kid with their face half torn off, because of a dog attack ? I have !!! and that was a so called placid dog that wouldn`t chase a cat... So dont call me a moron.... It only takes one loving little Docile, Placid loving dog to difigure a child for ever. old-mo

9:08pm Wed 16 May 12

Merlin of Britain says...

Back in the 1980s I went into Ian Bruce's office in town and, after allowing the menace to build up in silence for a minute or two, declared: "There is NO excuse for dogs, 'developers', drug-dealers, tories, christians or child-molesters!!" The receptionist thanked me politely for my thoughts, and I turned and departed without another word. I still think the same today, and it is interesting to note which antisocials I thought went together well..!! This character with the lurcher (the one who murdered a Roebuck in Lynch Cove in November 2010, perhaps??) seems to require some serious sorting-out....
In advance of a logical TOTAL BAN on dogs, I would dearly like to see them banned from the countryside generally - AND along ANY stretch of beach. I am convinced that doggers only take them to such places to cause extreme anger to normal people out trying to observe Wild Nature.. Old-Mo - I'm behind you!!
Back in the 1980s I went into Ian Bruce's office in town and, after allowing the menace to build up in silence for a minute or two, declared: "There is NO excuse for dogs, 'developers', drug-dealers, tories, christians or child-molesters!!" The receptionist thanked me politely for my thoughts, and I turned and departed without another word. I still think the same today, and it is interesting to note which antisocials I thought went together well..!! This character with the lurcher (the one who murdered a Roebuck in Lynch Cove in November 2010, perhaps??) seems to require some serious sorting-out.... In advance of a logical TOTAL BAN on dogs, I would dearly like to see them banned from the countryside generally - AND along ANY stretch of beach. I am convinced that doggers only take them to such places to cause extreme anger to normal people out trying to observe Wild Nature.. Old-Mo - I'm behind you!! Merlin of Britain

11:33pm Wed 16 May 12

ZacJones says...

I read all the coments with a Albert Steptoe accent. Give it a try.
I read all the coments with a Albert Steptoe accent. Give it a try. ZacJones

12:10am Thu 17 May 12

merrymet says...

"Merlin of Britain says...
9:08pm Wed 16 May 12

Back in the 1980s I went into Ian Bruce's office " etc. etc.

Merlin: although I suspect I may have 50% canine DNA, you speak from my heart.
"Merlin of Britain says... 9:08pm Wed 16 May 12 Back in the 1980s I went into Ian Bruce's office " etc. etc. Merlin: although I suspect I may have 50% canine DNA, you speak from my heart. merrymet

12:48am Thu 17 May 12

yaddayadda1 says...

I bet it's teenage hoodies, doing that **** for kicks. There are some sick individuals out there and I can just see some hooded hooligans thinking it's 'fun' to do that kinda crap.
Makes me sick.
I bet it's teenage hoodies, doing that **** for kicks. There are some sick individuals out there and I can just see some hooded hooligans thinking it's 'fun' to do that kinda crap. Makes me sick. yaddayadda1

7:50am Thu 17 May 12

JamesYoung says...

@LadyGodiva - yes, I think you need to spell it out. Surely you haven't bought into all that Twilight nonsense?
@LadyGodiva - yes, I think you need to spell it out. Surely you haven't bought into all that Twilight nonsense? JamesYoung

8:34am Thu 17 May 12

ladygodiva61 says...

What is twilight? I have been researching CM for a number of years. I dont know all the details to be sure. Im not saying it is or isnt. Just keep an open mind. The phenomana im speaking of has been happening world wide for many many years and no one has EVER been caught. Please search Cattle Mutilation in line. This IS important as this mystery needs to be solved.
What is twilight? I have been researching CM for a number of years. I dont know all the details to be sure. Im not saying it is or isnt. Just keep an open mind. The phenomana im speaking of has been happening world wide for many many years and no one has EVER been caught. Please search Cattle Mutilation in line. This IS important as this mystery needs to be solved. ladygodiva61

10:18am Thu 17 May 12

fastjet says...

old-mo wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone".
Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months...

Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case.

Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines...

Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year...

But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...
Totally agree there are too many inconsiderate owners .They just leave them to mess everywhere or even worst put in in a plastic bag and hang it in tree or bushes W***ers
[quote][p][bold]old-mo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?[/p][/quote]I must have read the story with my glasses upside down, I read it as 9 months... Irrespective of when the calf went to market if that is the case. Any dog found to be in a farmers field should be "SHOT".. even if they are with their owners.... plenty of other places to walk the $hit machines... Bring back Dog licensing.... £50 or even £100 a year... But Free for Guide dogs and perhaps OAP`s... most of them look after their dogs and clear up after them...[/p][/quote]Totally agree there are too many inconsiderate owners .They just leave them to mess everywhere or even worst put in in a plastic bag and hang it in tree or bushes W***ers fastjet

1:42pm Fri 18 May 12

mumsnuffkn says...

JamesYoung wrote:
@LadyGodiva - yes, I think you need to spell it out. Surely you haven't bought into all that Twilight nonsense?
It isn't nonsense James, go look up on the internet & read all about cattle mutilations & prions, you'll be suprised & disturbed by whats going on here.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: @LadyGodiva - yes, I think you need to spell it out. Surely you haven't bought into all that Twilight nonsense?[/p][/quote]It isn't nonsense James, go look up on the internet & read all about cattle mutilations & prions, you'll be suprised & disturbed by whats going on here. mumsnuffkn

3:12pm Fri 18 May 12

ladygodiva61 says...

Thank you mumsnuffk for your comment. At least some body knows what im talking about and dont think im mad. Its a pity everyone isnt as open minded x
Thank you mumsnuffk for your comment. At least some body knows what im talking about and dont think im mad. Its a pity everyone isnt as open minded x ladygodiva61

3:12pm Fri 18 May 12

ladygodiva61 says...

Thank you mumsnuffk for your comment. At least some body knows what im talking about and dont think im mad. Its a pity everyone isnt as open minded x
Thank you mumsnuffk for your comment. At least some body knows what im talking about and dont think im mad. Its a pity everyone isnt as open minded x ladygodiva61

5:39pm Fri 18 May 12

JamesYoung says...

Prions - i think the explanation for that one can be found by googling "Mark Purdey". In brief, BSE is found where organophosphates were used against warble fly. They damage proteins in the brain and affect the absorption of metals. In humans, CJD clusters occurred near sources of similar chemicals. That is certainly worth a read. However, cattle mutilations - if you are trying to imply it is some form of supernatural force, what is its purpose? It's clearly not seeking food. If it was trying to scare or warn, the injuries would be consistent. I'm sorry, but i find this a step too far.
Prions - i think the explanation for that one can be found by googling "Mark Purdey". In brief, BSE is found where organophosphates were used against warble fly. They damage proteins in the brain and affect the absorption of metals. In humans, CJD clusters occurred near sources of similar chemicals. That is certainly worth a read. However, cattle mutilations - if you are trying to imply it is some form of supernatural force, what is its purpose? It's clearly not seeking food. If it was trying to scare or warn, the injuries would be consistent. I'm sorry, but i find this a step too far. JamesYoung

7:52pm Fri 18 May 12

ladygodiva61 says...

Whether you believe it or not, its true. There is plenty of evience to back it up. We are being visited by beings from other planets. I think its very egotistic to believe that we are the only planet with life on it. Do you know the farmer? I would love to look at this case to see if it is CM or not.
Whether you believe it or not, its true. There is plenty of evience to back it up. We are being visited by beings from other planets. I think its very egotistic to believe that we are the only planet with life on it. Do you know the farmer? I would love to look at this case to see if it is CM or not. ladygodiva61

8:01pm Fri 18 May 12

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Ladygodiva, it's extremely simplistic to believe that 'beings from other planets' can travel the vast distances necessary and then all the want to do is dismember cattle, credit them with some intelligence please.
p.s. I think the 'twilight' comment earlier meant to say 'Twilight Zone' a popular Sci fi TV series in the 70's/80's.
Ladygodiva, it's extremely simplistic to believe that 'beings from other planets' can travel the vast distances necessary and then all the want to do is dismember cattle, credit them with some intelligence please. p.s. I think the 'twilight' comment earlier meant to say 'Twilight Zone' a popular Sci fi TV series in the 70's/80's. TenBobDylanThomasHardy

5:09pm Sat 19 May 12

Chav o' 'TheMoor' says...

JamesYoung wrote:
A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone".
Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?
Might not have gone to Market? If he was a lucky animal he could have gone to the same circus as the one where your the resident illiterate clown. I'm sure it said 9 months.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: A terrible act, but it does amuse me that the farmer expresses concern that the calf's mother carried him for 6 months "and now he's gone". Would the adjustment have been any easier when he went to market in 3 weeks time?[/p][/quote]Might not have gone to Market? If he was a lucky animal he could have gone to the same circus as the one where your the resident illiterate clown. I'm sure it said 9 months. Chav o' 'TheMoor'

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