Sadly two more sheep were attacked by dogs being walked on the Downs near Cissbury Ring at the weekend.
Our dog wardens are working with the Police and the local farmers to find offenders and prevent these unnecessary attacks.
The local National union adviser James Osman said
“It is now the lambing season and across Sussex around 330,000 ewes (female sheep) are giving birth to lambs now and over the coming month.
“We would like members of the public to report any sightings of dogs attacking flocks to Sussex police on: 101. We’d also hope that responsible dog owners who use a lead around livestock will encourage others to do the same.
“These attacks are appalling given that only last weekend farmers across Sussex were out talking to dog owners, asking them to use a lead near livestock and to check their properties are dog proof.”
The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are running a campaign called #takethelead which encourages dog owners to maintain control over their dogs when around livestock.
A video below of ‘Frazzles – the compulsive sheep botherer’ and mind more info here: www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/take-the-lead/
Frazzles tells all about his reformed sheep bothering ways as part of the new Take the Lead campaign. Watch to learn more about being a responsible dog owner…