Police have issued a reminder to dog owners to keep their pets under control, following the report of the death of twenty lambs in a field.
A local farmer discovered the lambs in a field on Tuesday morning (July 26th) at approximately 10am. However, police understand that the incident occurred sometime after 4pm on Sunday, July 24th, 2022.
According to officers from Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team A361 in the village of Badby, near Daventry.
Police say that five lambs had injuries to their legs and necks, “consistent with being bitten by a dog”.
Meanwhile, they believe a further 15 died through shock or being crushed in the stampede as animals were chased in the field.
Dog kills lambs
PC Dom Preece of the rural crime team is leading investigations into the incident.
He reminded owners of their responsibility to keep their pets under control and outlined how farmers can legally shoot dogs chasing livestock.
He said: “Whether farmer or pet owner, the death of an animal is devastating, but all of this is completely avoidable if people walking dogs keep them on a lead and under control around farm animals.
“This simple measure is part of responsible dog ownership, helps to protect pets and livestock alike, and means everyone can enjoy our beautiful countryside both safely and responsibly.”
Police has issued an appeal for information and has urged anyone with information to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, you can phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 22000430931.
Responsible dog ownership:
- Always stick to public rights of way and leave all gates as you found them;
- Keep dogs on a lead and under control;
- If you live beside land where livestock graze, ensure you know where your dog is always;
- Keep your property secure so your dog cannot escape
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