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Walker attacked by Highland cattle after dog worrying incident

A walker was airlifted to hospital after being attacked by Highland cattle following a dog worrying incident.



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Police said the small herd of cattle was worried by a dog off its lead, resulting in the cattle attacking a member of the public who was walking with another group, not related to the owner of the dog.

 

Paramedics, an air ambulance crew, mountain rescue and Derbyshire Rural Crime Team were called to the scene in Baslow Edge, Derbyshire yesterday afternoon (Sunday, November 13).

 

The member of the public was airlifted to hospital due to the nature of their injuries.

 

A Derbyshire Rural Crime Team spokesman said: "Another day, another incident involving a dog worrying livestock.

 

"On this occassion it appears a dog off the lead has worried a small herd of highland cattle resulting in the cattle attacking a member of the public who was walking with another group, not related to the owner of the dog.

 


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"Once again, owners need to take responsibilty for their animals and ensure they are under proper control at all times. This incident could have been avoided."

 

PC Andy Shaw told Farmers Guardian: "It is my understanding that the cattle in question have caused no previous issues with walkers, a very busy footpath runs through the land where they are kept.

 

"We haven’t identified the dog owner, any info would help us. We want to re-iterate that people need to keep their dogs under control and farmers need to report all instances of livestock worrying.

 

"We want to reduce what is a national problem and so reporting any cases would assist us all in getting this problem addressed. It is believed that the individual involved will make a full recovery."

 

The incident comes just a day after the same rural crime team were called to a sheep attack.

 

A spokesman said: "Another report of livestock worrying today, an offender has been identified and is now being dealt with.

"Please realise that the impact that a dog can have on a flock of sheep can be substantial. There are the obvious physical injuries that can be caused, but also animals can become stressed causing them to die from shock and at this time of year ewes may also be in lamb.

 

"Please keep your dogs on leads at all times when near livestock or if you believe you are likely to encounter livestock.

 

"Livestock worrying is a police matter and will be dealt with robustly on every occasion."

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