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Pet owners urged to be responsible when walking dogs after sheep are bitten in Padfield

Posted on 6th December 2017

Dog owners in Padfield and the surrounding rural areas are being reminded to be reminded to be responsible when out and about with their pet.

The advice has been issued after concerns about people not keeping their dogs under control, and a recent incident where three sheep were bitten.

It is thought the sheep were bitten or attacked by a dog or dogs in a field just off the Longendale Trail, near to Rhodeswood Reservoir, at around 11.30am on Saturday, November 25.

Officers would particularly like to trace a woman who was seen in the area at the time and was walking a group of around six dogs.

PCSO Brian Buller of the Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Fortunately in this incident the farmer was able to treat the injuries his sheep suffered, but in light of this and other concerns from members of the local community we would like to remind dog walkers to make sure they keep their pet on a lead and under control whenever they are near farm livestock.

“In a field containing sheep, dog walkers must always have the dog either on a lead or under close control as it is an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock on agricultural land. Please respect the countryside and be responsible pet owners. ”

Other 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.

The Kennel Club offers advice on the countryside code for dog walkers, visit www.thekennelclub, or for the full code visit www.gov.uk.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101 or send them a message through the My Local Police pages of the website by clicking here.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.