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Reminder issued to walkers with dogs

Posted 26 July 2012
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Reminder issued to walkers with dogs
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Those who like to go walking with their dogs have been reminded of the need to keep them on a lead when near sheep.

Police in Lancashire have dealt with a number of recent attacks on livestock in the Silverdale and Warton areas of Lancashire.

Community beat manager for Morecambe Constable Tony Marsh said: "Even if your dog has never shown an interest in sheep, it doesn't mean that it is safe to walk it off a lead."

Even "placid" dogs can suddenly launch "frenzied" attacks on animals.

The problem is worst in the spring when it is lambing season, as being chased can cause ewes to miscarry, but farmers can lose livestock at any time.

Robert Pennington of Greenbank Farm in Warton noted that this year has seen seven of his flock killed in attacks by dogs.  

The importance of keeping dogs on a lead is part of the Countryside Code, unless the owner is "confident" they will always return when called.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801415621-ADNFCR