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Sheep killed by dogs, near Parkside Pond

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Sheep have been killed by dogs in a field next to Parkside Pond, close to Cleator Moor. 

David Charlton told Little Ireland that the killing of sheep on his land has happened previously, and that he loses 15-20 animals a year. 

David said:

"I've had sheep killed by dogs again. If anyone has any information, please call Cumbria Police on 101."

"This happened over night. All our sheep had been inside for the last 3 months. They've only just been let outside. 

"Last year, I had some lambs worried in October. I lose around 15-20 animals a year."

A spokesperson from Cumbria Police said:

"This is unfortunately a common occurrence across our area.  We will be holding another awareness session in our area around keeping dogs on leads to prevent worrying of livestock.

"The worrying of livestock is an offence which we will deal with robustly where we can identify offenders. 

"Dog owners should also take into account that a farmer who sees their animal worrying livestock is perfectly within the law to shoot their dog to prevent loss or injury to their stock. Balancing the use of a lead with loss of your dog, loss of livestock and a conviction - there is no contest really."

The National Sheep Association say that Sheep are valuable assets and any harm to them harms a farmer’s livelihood.

A spokesperson said:

"It is every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.

"Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them. The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

"Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.

"Dogs chasing ewes and lambs can cause mis-mothering issues, with lambs dying from starvation or hypothermia when they become separated from their mother and fail to find her again.

"Dog bites can cause death in sheep or necessitate them being put down at a later date, or in less severe cases considerable veterinary bills and additional welfare issues as a result of flies being attracted to the blood and leading to a nasty health problem in sheep called ‘fly strike’. Injuries to sheep can also delay the normal farming routine, be it the mating season or administration of vital medicines and vaccines.

"It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep. Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep.

"It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call. If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep."

Dog owners can get helpful advice from: https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/dog-owners/

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