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Ashbourne owners urged to keep dogs under control

Posted on 20th April 2015

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PCSO Tammy Bell-Heather heads out encourage dog owners to act responsibly

Officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking near private land.

Over recent weeks, police have received complaints from farmers of dog owners not having their pets under control and causing distress by chasing sheep and cattle. This sadly resulted in one sheep being killed following a dog attack.

PCSO Tammy Bell-Heather from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "A dog's natural instinct is to chase something that runs away so we are urging owners to be mindful of this and keep their animals under control.

"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. This is to reduce the amount of stress for sheep and cattle, along with helping to minimising the risk of them losing their young.

"Signage will be placed in the area to clearly mark private land, but if you are unsure, please be considerate to farmers and keep your pet under control."

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @AshbourneSNT

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