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Sheep fall to their deaths after being chased over cliff by dogs off lead

Five sheep have been killed after pet dogs, which were not on a lead, chased a flock over a cliff edge.


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Sheep fall to their deaths after being chased over cliff by dogs off lead #TakeTheLead

The rare flock of Manx sheep were chased over the cliffs overlooking Greve De Lecq Bay on Sunday afternoon.

 

Jersey Fire and Rescue were called to rescue the remaining sheep.

 

The fire crews used rope rescue equipment to move the animals to an area where they could be rescued.

 

However, due to failing light and challenging terrain, only two could be rescued on Sunday whilst three Manx sheep fell to their deaths.

 

Six more were winched to safety the next day but another two fell and died.


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A Jersey Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "Upon arrival it came to light the sheep had been chased over the cliff edge by pet dogs.

 

"Although the dogs were believed to be with their owner, they were not on leads and couldn’t be brought under control before they had managed to chase the sheep.

 

"The attending fire crews used rope rescue equipment to gain access to the trapped sheep. The sheep were clearly distressed by their ordeal and the fire crews had to corral the animals to a point along a rocky ledge, where they could be rescued."

Watch Commander Paul McGrath said: “Jersey Fire and Rescue would like to urge dog owners to keep their pets under control and on a lead when walking near to livestock.

 

"Although dogs may have only playful intent, livestock and other farm animals often misinterpret this, causing them to flee.”

 

He added: “It’s also not uncommon for dogs to fall or becomes trapped on cliffs when chasing animals such as wild birds or rabbits, as they can lose sight of obvious danger during the thrill of the chase, so another good reason to keep your dog on a lead.”

Getting our Take the Lead signs

Getting our Take the Lead signs

We have 1,000s of livestock worrying signs which you can nail to gateposts or fenceposts near footpaths to highlight the problem to walkers.

 

If you would like some of these signs, please send a stamped, self-addressed A4 envelope to

FG Take the Lead, Farmers Guardian,

Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park,

Preston, Lancashire,

PR2 9NZ.

 

You will need at least three First Class or Second Class stamps on to cover postage costs. We will be able send up to 25 signs.

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