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Warning to dog owners after two sheep die in Chapel

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Dog owners are being urged to keep their dogs on leads when walking through farmland after two sheep died in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

This follows reports from farmers of dog owners not having their pets under control and causing distress by chasing sheep and cattle. This has sadly resulted in two sheep dying after a dog chased the animals through farm land off Combs Road.

PCSO Karen Green from the Chapel and Chinley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This incident highlights how dog owners need to be more considerate and keep their dogs on a lead when walking through farmland where animals are kept. A dog’s natural instinct is to chase something that runs away so we are urging owners to be responsible and mindful of this by keeping their animals under control.

“Lambing season is in process and we have received complaints from farmers of dogs chasing their sheep and cattle, causing distress to the animals and in this case, two have unfortunately died.

“Incidents like this cause a great deal of distress for the farmer and their sheep, so we are urging all dog owners to act responsibly.

“Signage has been placed in the area but if you are unsure, please be considerate to farmers and keep your pet under control.”

Section one of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 makes it an offence for the owners of a dog to allow it to worry livestock on agricultural land. Worrying livestock includes attacking livestock, chasing livestock in a way that may cause injury and suffering or in the case of females, abortion, along with being at large in a field or enclosure where there are sheep.

For more information, or to speak to your local policing team call 101, or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.