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Dog walkers in North Yorkshire warned after livestock attacks

Dog walkers in North Yorkshire warned after livestock attacks

Published by Harry Long at 2:22pm 16th July 2020.

Police are calling on people walking their dogs in rural North Yorkshire to take responsibility for their pets, after more attacks on livestock.

  • There have been dog attacks on livestock in North Yorkshire over the past week.  
  • Police are calling for dog owners to take responsibility for their pets.  
  • Officers are concerned more people are walking their dogs without enough care as coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Officers are concerned that as coronavirus restrictions are lifted, more people are travelling to the countryside, and walking their dogs around sheep without enough care.

The warning follows incidents in the Harrogate and Richmondshire areas in the last week.

On Saturday, a member of the public called police to report a dog running loose in fields in Arkengarthdale.  The dog, a German pointer, was seen to chase and attack sheep, including a ewe and a lamb. The dog’s owners were spoken to, and their details were taken. Enquiries are ongoing to identify the sheep’s owner.

On Sunday, police were called by a farmer reporting a dog had attacked a lamb on his land near Thruscross Reservoir, near Harrogate. The farmer was able to secure the dog, and the lamb was taken away to recover.

In a separate incident last month, a lamb was attacked and killed in Marton Cum Grafton.

North Yorkshire’s specialist rural policing officers are keen to highlight the financial and emotional impact on farmers of having their livestock attacked.

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Inspector Matt Hagen, of North Yorkshire Police's Rural Taskforce, said:

“We need dog owners to take responsibility for their animals – it’s very important that dogs are kept securely when at home, and on leads and under control when walking near sheep fields.”

Estimates by insurance company NFU Mutual suggest livestock attacks nationally cost farmers £1.2m in 2019.