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National park bosses in lambing reminder for walkers

Posted 16 March 2012
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National park bosses in lambing reminder for walkers
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Those who like to go walking with their dogs in the countryside have been reminded of the importance of keeping their pets on a lead during the lambing season.

Peak District National Park bosses have spoken out on the matter after the discovery of the mauled bodies of pregnant ewes this month.

As well as attacking sheep, being chased by dogs can cause the ewes to miscarry and north area ranger Jenny Waller said owners should take heed of the problems having a dog off the lead can cause.

She advised: "Never let a dog approach or chase wildlife and farm animals - your dog can get kicked, trampled or lost and it could be legally shot for chasing farm animals."

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, owners should keep their dogs on a lead when near farm animals between March 1st and July 31st.

The Peak District incidents follow another case of carelessness causing the death of sheep, after walkers propped open two gates in the North York Moors.

This led to several of the creatures escaping into a neighbouring field, where they were fatally poisoned after eating either ivy or rhododendron leaves.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801319266-ADNFCR