Owners asked to keep dogs on leads

Savaged...Farmer William Beattie of West Yett Farm with dead sheep
Savaged...Farmer William Beattie of West Yett Farm with dead sheep

VETS are asking dog owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking near sheep as the lambing season gets underway.

Ewes are particularly vulnerable at this time of year, as they prepare to give birth and sheep worrying can have tragic consequences.

Vets have seen a rise in the numbers of attacks which may often lead to lambs being lost and sheep being killed.

British Veterinary Association president Robin Hargreaves said: “Even dogs who are usually calm can become very excitable and difficult to control when faced with livestock.

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