A bloody dog attack left a wounded goat swarmed with flies and feared dead.
The RSPCA was called to a horned wild goat that had been brutally bitten on the neck by a dog that must have darted through an electric fence to reach it.
It had been grazing with its herd in Surrey before it disappeared and was assumed dead by conservation staff.
A deep sigh of relief however was let out when team members tracked down the goat, still alive and not in a critical condition.
The attack has led to renewed warnings to dog owners to keep their pets on leads near wildlife, SurreyLive reports.
It was one of several incidents attended by RSPCA inspector Natalie Kitchin on August 3 as she responded to welfare calls across the southeast.
The attack happened on a recovering patch of heathland at Esher Common, north of Sandy Lane, where a herd of goats had been grazing as part of a conservation management project run by Downlands Partnership.
When Natalie arrived, team members were already searching for the injured goat.
Natalie, 26 and from Surrey, said: "The report was that a dog had gone through the electric fencing, attacked the goat, and left it in a really bad condition. That is an offence, livestock worrying is an offence.
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"The amount of animals that get injured by dog attacks sadly is awful and we would really quite like people to adhere to these signs.
"Especially, as you have here, saying 'put your dog on the lead'. The signs are there for a reason, comply with them because no one wants to be in that situation."
When Natalie arrived, the goat was nowhere to be seen and assumed dead. But thankfully, later that day the Downlands Partnership team managed to find it.
The goat was hiding in tall bracken and had only been spotted due to the swarm of flies buzzing around, attracted by the scent of blood coming from its wounds.
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It suffered nasty gashes to its neck but a round of antibiotics is expected to bring the animal back to full health.
The Downlands Partnership warned: "You can only imagine from the photos how painful and traumatic the experience was. The goat is receiving medical treatment and will be monitored over the next couple of days, hopefully, he makes a full recovery.
"We are following up enquiries to find out who has been so careless with their dog around the livestock area. All of the goats have been removed from Esher, disrupting the vital work they do there."
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