Police warn dog owners after pregnant sheep killed in attack at farm

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An appeal has been launched after several sheep were killed in a dog attack at a North Yorkshire farm last weekend Credit: BEN BIRCHALL/PA <i>(Image: Ben Birchall, PA)</i>
An appeal has been launched after several sheep were killed in a dog attack at a North Yorkshire farm last weekend Credit: BEN BIRCHALL/PA (Image: Ben Birchall, PA)

An appeal has been launched after several sheep were killed in a dog attack at a North Yorkshire farm last weekend.

Cleveland Police are appealing for more information after some sheep were attacked at Handale Abbey Farm in Loftus on Sunday (March 26).

They have said the incident, which saw sheep that were grazing die after suffering serious injuries, took place between 10am and 4pm.

Police have warned dog owners that they have a responsibility when walking their dogs near livestock to keep them on a lead and under control.

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Speaking on the deaths, Force lead for Rural Crime, Chief Inspector Jon Hagen said: “This was a devastating incident for the farmer which was made even more distressing by the fact that many of the sheep were pregnant with lambs.

“We are now well into lambing season, and these type of attacks on livestock can have both financial and emotional effects on the farming community.

“We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful countryside but please be considerate of our rural communities. If you’re walking your dog near livestock, please keep them under control.”

They have also warned “livestock worrying” is a criminal offence and those found guilty of could be fined up to £1,000 and officers can seize dogs after particularly serious incidents.

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Livestock worrying is when a dog attacks or chases livestock resulting in significant injury, suffering or death.

Anyone with information about the incident in Loftus is asked to contact PC Stenson at Cleveland Police quoting reference number 056888.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously online at https://orlo.uk/OsTFk or by phone on 0800 555 111.