A CAMPAIGN has been launched after two sheep were mauled to death and four others were left injured in a vicious attack by a dog.
The attack happened at a farm on the outskirts of the town and Hartlepool Borough Council and Cleveland Police have now joined forces with the local farming community to launch a campaign calling on dog-owners to keep their pets under control.
All six of the sheep which were attacked belonged to the same farmer and responsible owners are now being urged to contact police if they see people putting livestock at risk by leaving their dogs off a lead around the animals.
The council has joined forces with police and the local farming community to send out an appeal to dog owners following the death of two sheep grazing on a farm on the outskirts of the town.
Council countryside officers and police were notified of the incident recently and have since erected notices on footpaths and walkways in the vicinity of local farms.
Due to the lambing season, dog owners have been urged to be extra vigilant and keep their dogs on a lead at all times to protect sheep and their young.
We are now in the lambing season and it’s important that dog owners keep their dogs on a lead at all times.
Chris Scaife, countryside officer with the council, said: “We received a recent report of two sheep being killed and have decided to erect special posters to remind dog owners that they must take responsibility for their pets.
“We are now in the lambing season and it’s important that dog owners keep their dogs on a lead at all times.”
The local farmer, who did not want to be identified, said: “I really would urge all dog owners to act responsibly and keep their dogs under control so that sheep and lambs can be protected.
“It is not a pleasant situation when livestock is killed and it can be prevented very easily. Often people will see a big field and think there is no livestock present but they are often sheltering or hiding behind a hedge and before you know it they can be in a very threatening situation.”
Cath Jones, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 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.
“The posters will hopefully remind dog owners of their responsibilities and prevent any future occurrences.”
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 555111.