Police remind rural dog walkers of lambing season after reports of livestock attacks by dogs
Northumbria Police are urging dog walkers to avoid taking their pets into fields where there are lambs or other young farm animals following reports of recent livestock attacks.
Northumbria Police are reminding walkers that they should avoid taking dogs into fields where there are lambs or other young farm animals to avoid potential livestock attacks.
The warning comes after reports of livestock attacks by dogs during the past fortnight, with incidents in Hexham and Powburn, Northumberland.
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.”
Inspector Neill added that police will investigate all reported cases of livestock attacks and will enforce legislation around these types of offences.
Anna Simpson, of the National Farmers Union’s Northumberland branch, said: “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.”
Police urge people to report any incidents via their website or by calling 101.