Sheep attacked in South Cumbria field by dogs
Last updated at 14:17, Thursday, 30 January 2014
POLICE are investigating after sheep were attacked in a field in South Cumbria by dogs which had been let off leads.
Two pregnant ewes sustained wounds to their heads in a field in Glebe Road, Bowness.
The incident occurred between 11am on Tuesday and 10am on Wednesday, and the injuries were treated by the farmer.
Police believe the attacks have been by dogs who have been off leads, unattended and allowed to chase sheep in fields.
PC Jim Bell said: “This was an unnecessary attack on innocent animals. Walkers in the area need to understand that dogs should be under close control at all times, especially when being walked on farm land near to livestock.
“Some dog owners will say “my dog will never run off or attack”, but they just don’t know, if in any doubt put your dog on a lead, better safe than sorry.
“Many people are completely unaware that simply chasing the sheep can cause the ewes to lose their lambs. It is not actually necessary for the dog to bite the sheep to cause enormous stress and suffering.
“Farmers are entitled to take action if they see dogs chasing or attacking sheep. By maintaining control of your pet, you can prevent a distressing incident from happening.”
NFU Cumbria County Adviser Mike Sanderson said: “Farmers in the area need to be especially vigilant until the culprit is brought to justice.
“The rural community works closely with the police through Farm Watch and other schemes and we would urge farmers to report any information they may have to officers.
“When members of the public are out walking in the countryside, it is important to remember that it is a working environment where animals graze.”
Anyone who may have information about this incident or any know of any other attacks on livestock should call PC Jim Bell at Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
First published at 14:12, Thursday, 30 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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