Sheep die after suspected dog attack


Dog owners are being urged to keep their animals on leads when walking near private land after complaints of sheep worrying in the Hope Valley.

Police have received complaints from local farmers relating to dog owners not having their pets under control and causing distress by chasing sheep and cattle.

And officers were contacted following a suspected dog attack on sheep at a farm in Edale sometime overnight between April 4 and April 5, when three ewes and three lambs died.

PC Graham Mason, from the Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This incident highlights how dog owners need to be more considerate and keep their dogs under control and on a lead when walking close to private farm.

“Incidents like this cause a great deal of distress for the farmer and their sheep, so I would like to urge all dog owners to act responsibly.”