Derbyshire Police officers investigating a dog attack in a field in Holbrook which killed a two-day old lamb are appealing for information and have released a shocking image as they remind owners to be responsible.
A farmer was alerted by three residents to reports of a dog chasing sheep in his field on Monday, June 4. He went down to the field at around 2pm and found a lamb had been killed.
PC Andrea Smith said: “We are making enquiries into this incident and would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the sheep being chased by a dog that morning, or if they have any information about the owner to contact us.
“We continue to remind dog owners to ensure their dog is on a lead whenever it is near livestock and hope this shocking image will help get the message across about the devastation which can be caused by a dog attack.”
PC Smith added: “It is an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock on agricultural land. Please respect the countryside and be responsible pet owners. ”
General advice for dog owners is to:
- Keep dogs on a lead around busy roads
- If you know your dog is not good with other dogs then avoid letting them off the lead where there are other dogs around.
- If you are in an area where there are farm animals or wildlife, make sure you keep your dog under control, particularly during lambing season when you should keep them on a lead.
- If you allow teenagers or youngsters to walk the dog, make sure they would be able to control them while out walking.
- Encourage and reward good behaviour- teach your dog commands such as sit, stay and to come back when called.
- Always clean up after your dog, carry ‘poop scoop’ bags and dispose of the waste in a litter bin.
If you have any information about this incident please call PC Andrea Smith on 101, or send her a message online through the Contact Us page of the website, by clicking here.
You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.