Appeal for witnesses to dog attacks on sheep

An appeal has gone out to dog owners to keep their animals under proper control after two separate attacks on sheep on the Ashdown Forest on Sunday.

The Ashdown Forest Centre says, on Facebook: ”The first involved a sheep that was chased and viciously attacked by three dogs (including a brown and white terrier and a white ‘scotty’ dog), at fields behind the weir at Newbridge, Colemans Hatch.

“The sheep suffered appalling puncture wounds to its legs.

Eight lambs

“On the same day eight lambs in a field on Twyford Lane were horrifically attacked with three being killed and a further five badly bitten.

“Two Alsatian-type dogs were witnessed in the vicinity.”

Ashdown Forest conservators would like to hear from anyone who can help with information about the identity of the owner or owners of the dogs. They can be contacted on 01342 823583.

Crime

The Ashdown Forest Centre says a person who owns or is in charge of a dog which worries livestock on any agricultural land commits the offence of Livestock Worrying, a crime which must be reported to the police.

“Dog walkers on Ashdown Forest must ensure their dogs are effectively restrained and kept under control at all times, and that they take all reasonable steps to ensure their dogs do not injure, endanger, intimidate, or otherwise cause distress to any persons or animals.”

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