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Dog owners warned after pets shot for attacking sheep

Photo: West Mercia Police.

Police are warning dog owners to keep their animals under control in the countryside during lambing season.

The request comes after five dogs were shot by farmers for killing sheep and their unborn lambs in two separate incidents which took place last Thursday and Friday.

During the incidents, sheep and their unborn lambs were killed. The dogs also died. PC Mike Barnett, dog legislation officer for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said:

"We are at the very beginning of lambing season and we are already starting to have problems with dogs. Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land. To lose sheep and unborn lambs has a big effect on farmers' livelihoods. To lose a loved pet causes huge upset for dog owners too. All is takes to avoid this distress is to keep dogs on leads and make sure they cannot get out and run loose."

– PC Mike Barnett.
Police are warning dog owners to keep their animals under control in the countryside during lambing season. Credit: ITV News.

The first of the most recent incidents happened at about 2pm on Thursday, 19 January at a farm in Lower Shuckburgh, Daventry and the other at 10am on Friday, 20 January in Ladbroke, Leamington Spa.

In another incident, on Thursday, 5 January, two dogs were shot on a farm in Alcester Road South, Birmingham.

The incident was reported to police by the resident of the farm. Police had also received reports from members of the public of dogs running loose in the area just before the incident. One of the dogs died and the other received injuries.