Appeal to dog owners after more attacks on sheep in Hartlepool

Pictured alongside one of the posters from (l-r) are Chris Scaife, PCSO Cath Jones and PC Keith Robinson.
Pictured alongside one of the posters from (l-r) are Chris Scaife, PCSO Cath Jones and PC Keith Robinson.

A fresh appeal has been made to Hartlepool dog owners following more attacks on sheep in the town.

Council Countryside officers have been notified about three incidents where sheep have been attacked by dogs, one of which resulted in the death of a sheep.

Incidents of this nature are very rare but nevertheless they are very disturbing and we are committed to doing everything we can to prevent them.

Cath Jones, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) with Cleveland Police

Chris Scaife, Countryside Access Officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It is not a pleasant situation when livestock is killed and it can be prevented very easily.

“We would like to remind dog owners that they must take responsibility for their pets and it is important that they keep their dogs on a lead at all times in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.

“Farmers do have the right to shoot loose dogs that are attacking or chasing livestock without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner.”

Earlier this year Hartlepool Council and Cleveland Police joined forces to erect notices on footpaths and walkways in the vicinity of farms following a number of similar incidents.

Cath Jones, Police Community Support Officer with Cleveland Police, added: “Incidents of this nature are very rare but nevertheless they are very disturbing and we are committed to doing everything we can to prevent them.

“If anyone has information about dogs not being kept on a lead that could be threatening livestock, please call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The Countryside Code says that people taking dogs into the outdoors should always ensure they do not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses, or other people.

A Countryside Code leaflet can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/338299/countryside-code.pdf