At the Nether Poppleton Parish Council’s April meeting the concerning matter of sheep being killed by uncontrolled dogs was discussed. Unfortunately, two sheep at a farm in the village were recently killed by dogs and a third sheep was injured so badly that it had to be put down. This is clearly awful for the sheep and the farmer and is a vital reminder that dogs must always be kept under control and on a lead when near sheep, however much owners may feel their dog will not attack or chase sheep. At home, gardens must be secure to prevent dogs escaping and putting themselves and others at risk.
It is the case that farmers can take action to protect their animals and could shoot an out-of-control dog. So please, for the sake of all, ensure your dogs are controlled and if you see any dogs not being correctly controlled have a polite word with the owner or anything worse is a police matter.