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VIDEO: 'Please keep dogs on leads at all times' - sheep rescued from cliff after being chased by dog

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RSPCA Cymru is reminding dog walkers to keep their pets on leads at all times when near farm animals.

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VIDEO: Watch as sheep is rescued from cliff after being chased by dog #TakeTheLead

The call comes after a sheep was chased down a cliff in Pembrokeshire.

 

It was rescued by RSPCA Inspector Suzy Hannaby and Animal Welfare Officer Andrew Harris and was returned to the flock uninjured.

 

The dramatic rescue took place on cliffs near Abereiddy and was captured on camera as the team abseiled down the cliffs.

 

 

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Andrew Harris, who lead the rescue, said: “Thankfully the sheep in this incident was uninjured and even gave us a little ‘bah’ as we released them back into the flock.

“However, it could have been much worse for the sheep and the dog that chased it over the cliff edge. As the weather gets warmer and more people walk their dogs in the countryside, we urge people to take care around farm animals and ensure that their dog is kept on the lead at all times when in or near fields containing livestock.

“On this occasion both animals live to bark and bah their stories but it could have been completely different.”

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

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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