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Six sheep killed after Barrow dog attack

[P]olice are investigating a report of sheep being worried by a dog on land adjacent to the South End Holiday caravan site in Barrow-in-Furness.

The incident is believed to have happened on Monday, 6 February 2017 during the afternoon or evening.

A total of six sheep have been injured during the incident and are all are now deceased. Officers are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to please contact 101 quoting log 81 of 9 February 2017.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock and in some circumstances landowners have a defence in law to shoot dogs that are endangering their livestock.

Sheep worrying can be easily prevented by owner’s keeping their dogs on a lead.

The issue is particularly pertinent at this time of year, as lambing season approaches.

A dog does not have to physically attack livestock to cause harm – even chasing them can cause distress and easily cause a pregnant sheep to miscarry lambs.

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