Spring reminder to dog owners
Spring is well and truly here. This time of year is extremely busy for the farming and rural community, especially with livestock and their offspring. So here is a sensitive reminder to all dog owners and people who walk dogs in areas where there is livestock.
Please make sure that you keep 'full' control at all times of dog(s), by keeping it on a short lead. Only use designated public footpaths that cross fields.
Over recent years, a number of Ewe's have aborted their lambs, due to being 'worried' by dogs. If the dog is kept on a 'short' lead there is less likelihood of the dog causing any issues, as opposed to the dog not being on a lead, or being on an extendable/retractable lead.
A farmer has a right to deal with dogs not under control where there is livestock which is being worried. Where farmers witness this happening they should ring 999 and/or deal with the dog as per the law.
'Worrying' livestock need not be a full attack, it can be as simple as a dog off a lead. Retractable leads are also dangerous as the sheep cannot see that the dog is restrained, they just see a dog running around. Occurrences like these could well cause the livestock to either injure itself and/or abort their lambs.
There have already been reports from all our rural areas about dog attacks, with dead sheep and lambs being found in fields.
Please bear this information in mind, when next out walking dogs.