Warning after sheep die in attacks

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Sheep owners have been urged to keep an eye on their animals following a number of attacks by dogs in the Daventry area.

In the past few weeks, officers have received several reports of sheep either being killed or chased by loose dogs in the west and south of the county.

In one incident in Dodford on September 14, a sheep was found dead in a field following a suspected dog attack. Then on September 30, two sheep were attacked by a dog in Kislingbury and one died.

Another incident saw a shepherd report that a dog walker had let their pet loose in a field of sheep in Nether Heyford.

Pc Chloe Radford-Gardner from the Daventry Rural Safer Community Team said: “These type of incidents cause distress to the owner of the livestock, who may find their animals badly injured, suffering or dead. It can also cost the owner in veterinary bills and in some cases affects their livelihoods.

“Sheep do not cope well with stress and it is known for them to die days after the incident from the shock.

“In some circumstances it can also cause distress to the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog who has not gone out intending for his dog to chase livestock but due to lack of control, loss of control or disobedience such an incident occurs.”

It is an offence for a dog to worry livestock and both the owner of the dog and the person in charge of the dog if not the owner can be prosecuted.

As well as highlighting the issue to sheep owners, officers are also encouraging members of the public to keep control of their dogs and keep them on leads where there is livestock.

Anyone with any information about any of the incidents, or who has been a victim of livestock worrying, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.