Farm warn­ing to dog own­ers

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Po­lice are re­mind­ing dog own­ers to keep their pets un­der con­trol through fields, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the lamb­ing sea­son.

Peo­ple can be pros­e­cuted or sued for dam­ages to com­pen­sate a farmer if their dog causes harm.

Landown­ers are also within their rights to shoot dogs deemed to be caus­ing dis­tress to flocks.

PC Daniel Perry, from the Ru­ral Task Force, said: “This is ex­tremely up­set­ting for the farm­ers and also the an­i­mals, which at this time of year are of­ten preg­nant with lambs.

“Sheep rep­re­sent a farmer’s in­come and are of­ten worth a sub­stan­tial sum.

“Dogs can spread harm­ful par­a­sites to sheep and cat­tle, too, which could ul­ti­mately af­fect a whole herd.”

Any­one who wit­nesses sheep be­ing chased is asked to call 999.

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Claire Mor­ri­son at Yald­ing Library’s Story and Rhyme Time at with Jes­sica, Harry, Hat­tie, Han­nah and Reuben, all three

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