Dog walkers - keep dogs on a short lead near sheep this spring

Date published: 15 March 2019

Police are reminding dog walkers to keep their dogs on a short lead in the countryside this spring.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "Enjoy a walk in our stunning countryside but remember, sheep are currently in lamb, it's not always obvious, ewes can very easily abort just by being worried by dogs.

"Worrying doesn't mean your dog biting or attacking, simply the fear of a dog running loose can be enough.

"Remember that a farmer has the legal right to shoot a dog. Please respect flocks, if you do take footpaths through fields with sheep please keep your dog close and on a lead.

"Sheep aren't intelligent enough to understand an excitable dog on an extending lead will stop at some point and can abort through fear alone."

Ideally, try your best to avoid or keep well away from a flock.

Respect and share your countryside and enjoy your walks.

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