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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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NFU warning after lambs found savaged to death

Four lambs have been found dead – with dog bites to their necks.

The shocking incident in Little Clifton is the latest in a series across Cumbria, causing concern among the farming community.

The attacks were reported on Sunday, after the animals were found in a field close to Furnace House.

PCSO Peter Crome issued an alert to the farming community via the Community Messaging scheme.

In it, he warned farmers that officers believed a collie dog is responsible. The dog has a white band around its neck and may have been responsible for other lamb deaths in Branthwaite about a month ago.

“Police would advise all farmers to be vigilant and check on their livestock regularly,” PCSO Crome added.

The National Farmers’ Union has warned that this latest case of “sheep worrying” is a serious concern.

Spokesman Carl Hudspith told the News & Star: “It is a growing trend; we keep asking members of the general public to keep dogs on a lead and under control when crossing farmland. This is especially important at this time of year, with lambing season.

“It can result in miscarriages or, in the worst cases such as this, death,” Mr Hudspith continued. “It is terrible for the farmer; to witness this or come across it in a field must be horrible.”

Dog owners are reminded that, in extreme cases, farmers have a legal right to shoot any dog harassing or worrying cattle or sheep.

Anyone with information on the dog attacks is asked to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101, quoting log reference number 0109 of April 13. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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