DOGS UNDER CONTROL: Northumbria police warn dog walkers as lambing season approaches
With lambing season fast approaching, Northumbria Police want to remind walkers that they should avoid taking dogs into fields where there are lambs or other young farm animals.
Their message coincides with reports of livestock attacks by dogs during the past fortnight, with incidents in both Hexham and Powburn. Inspector Garry Neill said: “Dog owners, when enjoying their daily exercise, must ensure that their pets are under control at all times and avoid going into fields where livestock is grazing.
“The harassment of sheep and other livestock by domestic dogs can cause serious injury or even death in some cases. As well as the welfare of the animals, there is also the financial and emotional impact on farmers.” He added: “We will investigate all reported cases of livestock being attacked by dogs and enforce the legislation around these types of offences.”
Anna Simpson, of the National Farmers Union’s Northumberland branch, added: “Whilst the weather is improving and we are thinking of spending more time in our beautiful countryside please remember that your dog can scare or harm farm animals. Please remember to use a lead around livestock but release your dog if chased by cattle. Farm animals can be very protective, especially at certain times of the year such as tupping and bulling time when male and female animals are mixing, once animals have become pregnant, or after calves or lambs have been born.”
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