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Farmers take to social media to highlight sheep worrying plight

 

Dog attacks on livestock are continuing to wreck havoc throughout the country, as highlighted by a graphic image posted on Twitter.



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A Welsh farmer took to Twitter this week to highlight the continuing issue of dogs off leads attacking, and sometimes killing, sheep.

 

Fiona Davies, who runs a campsite from her sheep and cattle farm in Snowdonia tweeted a graphic photo of a dog attacking a sheep, which was taken by a member of the public on Friday (August 5).

 

Farmers and members of the public took to social media to express their anger at the ongoing issue, stating incidents like this could be avoided if owners kept their dogs on a lead around livestock.

 

The pictures prompted comments such as: "Once a dog has attacked a sheep he will do it again and again. The owner could have prevented this. All he or she had to do was keep it on a lead."

 

Sheep killed

 

In a separate incident, police are appealing for witnesses after one sheep was killed and give others injured in an attack in Rosin, Midlothian.

 

Officers are keen to speak to the owner of two dogs seen in the local area around 5.50am yesterady, Tuesday August 9.

 

The first dog is described as a black Labrador cross with a red collar. The second as a white, tan and black dog.

 

Disappointed

 

Sergeant Michele Lindsay at Penicuik Police Station said: "I am disappointed to hear about this sheep worrying incident and wish to reassure members of the public that we are taking this seriously.

 

"We are committed to tackling rural crime and are working with farmers, landowners and businesses in the rural parts of Midlothian to raise awareness of such crimes and take measures to prevent them.

 

"Our advice to anyone walking and exercising their dogs in the countryside is to ensure they are under control at all times and avoid going into fields where livestock is grazing.

 

"The Scottish Outdoor Access Code says that dogs shouldn't be taken into fields where there are lambs or other young farm animals. "

 

Do you have any information about these attacks?

  • Anyone with information that can help us with our inquiries is asked to contact 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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