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Sheep and lambs killed after being chased into boundary fences by loose dogs

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after the death of 14 sheep in North Yorkshire.

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Sheep attack North Yorkshire
Sheep attack North Yorkshire

The sheep were fine at 6.30am on Wednesday, June 7 – in a field at the top of Golden Hill close to the A64 – but were found dead the next day at 9.15am.

 

It is believed the sheep, 11 ewes and three lambs, died after being chased around their field by dogs, causing them to become distressed and run into boundary fences.

 

Officers are investigating the incident and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the sheep being chased to get in touch.

 

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Anyone with information that could assist the investigation can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC 168 David Meer.

 

The attack follows a number of similar incidents in 2017.

 

James Edwards, from Hampshire, was backed by farmers on Twitter who prompted a push for more severe punishments for dog owners who let their dogs run free around livestock after he lost 26 new-born lambs.

 

And the surge in dog attacks pushed a vet to call for a better connection between farmers and dog walkers.


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Farmers Guardian - Take the Lead campaign

Farmers Guardian - Take the Lead campaign

Farmers Guardian is taking the lead by raising awareness among the British public about livestock worrying and speaking up for our readers’ concerns.

 

What we are doing

  • FG is working with leading farming and rural organisations to raise awareness of livestock worrying and reduce the number of dog attacks
  • We are targeting dog, lifestyle and countryside magazines to raise the importance of the issue which costs businesses millions of pounds each year and leaves farmers devastated
  • We have produced signs for farmers to put up around their fields which will be sent out with copies of Farmers Guardian on April 11. In the meantime, a downloadable poster to warn walkers of the consequences of livestock worrying is available now on our website
  • FG will be speaking about the issue to 10,000 people at the Just Dogs Live show at the Peterborough arena this summer and will also be giving out free signs at the major agricultural shows
  • In conjunction with our partners BVA and NSA, we will spread the message through social media and the national and regional press, both print and broadcast

Follow and support the campaign on twitter with #FGtakethelead

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