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Farmer shot millionaire’s dogs after 14 sheep killed

Deadly: Dogs on the drive at Fairlight Hall like those said to have killed sheep (below) PICTURE: HASTINGS BOROUGH COUNCIL

A FARMER has shot a millionaire hedge fund manager’s two dogs dead after accusing them of killing his sheep.

Frank Langrish said the Alsatian and Akita cross left six of his flock dead and another eight so severely injured they had to be put down.

Mr Langrish took action after finding the dogs running loose near the sheep on his land in Hastings, East Sussex.

He then took the dogs’ corpses next door to Fairlight Hall, the Gothic mansion belonging to David and Sarah Kowitz. He claims Mr Kowitz, 55, said: ‘I suppose so’ when asked if they were his.

Mr Langrish, 66, said he wanted to send Mr Kowitz a message and claimed residents had ‘lived in fear’ of his dogs for years. Two of Mr Kowitz’s Alsatians were put down in 2012 after killing 23 sheep.

Message: Farmer Frank Langrish blamed the dogs for the loss of 14 sheep PICTURE: MOREDUN FOUNDATION

American-born Mr Kowitz later apologised in a letter to neighbours. He wrote: ‘Our containment system failed on a night of major activity at the house — and before we could complete our plans to rehome the dogs. We keep dogs for our security but failed you by not ensuring they were not mistakenly released by house guests. Our sincere apologies.’

Sussex Police said they have no plans to take action. A woman answering a call at the Kowitz home told Metro she could not comment.

Family: David and Sarah Kowitz with their children PICTURE: FACEBOOK

Last week, 65 sheep were rescued in Pembrokeshire, west Wales, after they were chased off a cliff by a dog. But 20 fell to their deaths.

Campaigners want the 1953 Dogs (Protection Of Livestock) Act covering dogs that ‘worry’ livestock to be updated.