Warning after Valley sheep attacks

Police urge pet owners to keep dogs under control
Police urge pet owners to keep dogs under control
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Police are issuing a reminder to dog owners to keep their pets under control after sheep have been killed and viciously attacked

Officers said they had been dealing with a number of incidents, especially in the Bolton-By-Bowland area of the Ribble Valley, where dogs have attacked sheep. Now, they are warning pet owners that failure to control the dog could lead to prosecution or the pet being destroyed.

It is an offence to allow pets to worry sheep. Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep. The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Please can people ensure that they keep dogs under control.

“There have been a number of reported incidents in the Bolton-by-Bowland area where sheep have been killed and viciously attacked by dogs.

“Failure to control your dog may result in prosecution and even the dog being destroyed.”

Anyone with any information regarding the recent dog attacks is asked to call 101 quoting Log LC-20180216-0415 PC 3964 Beverley