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Police warn they may ‘destroy’ dogs which attack sheep

PUBLISHED: 11:26 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:27 16 February 2017

Police have told dog owners to be extra careful when around lambs.

Police have told dog owners to be extra careful when around lambs.

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Owners are being told to keep dogs on leads to protect lambs.

The police have issued a lambing season warning to stop dogs attacking sheep.

PC Katy Drabble said: “Last year we saw quite a few cases of sheep worrying and that term doesn’t always reflect the devastation caused. In addition to the impact of attacks, sheep are highly-strung animals and in lambing season any stress caused to a pregnant ewe can cause them to lose their lambs.”

NFL Mutual says about 18,000 UK livestock died or were injured in 2015 after attacks.

PC Drabble said: “We know dog owners love to stroll in the countryside but we cannot stress enough how important it is to be aware of your surroundings.

“Even if you think your dog is placid and friendly, when faced with a field of livestock they can be unpredictable. It’s simply not worth taking the risk – keep your dog on a lead and away from livestock.

“If your dog is responsible for sheep worrying, then as its owner you could find yourself with a large vets bill, prosecution and the strong possibility of your dog being destroyed.”

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