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Wingerworth owners urged to keep dogs under control following sheep worrying

Posted on 9th April 2015

Officers from the Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking near private land following complaints of sheep worrying.

Police have received complaints from farmers, particularly in the areas of Freebirch and the Linacre Reservoir, relating to dog owners not having their pets under control and causing distress by chasing sheep and cattle.  

Wildlife and Heritage Crime Officer, Mike Coates, from the policing team said: “We have received complaints from farmers of dogs chasing their sheep and cattle, which can cause a great deal of distress for the animal.

“I would like to urge all dog owners to act responsibly, especially around lambing season, by keeping their pets on leads when walking close to private land.

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

For more information call PCSO Mike Coates from the Wingerworth and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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