Derbyshire farm shop owner Steve Croot has urged dog owners to keep their pets on leads after three of his lambs died in two days following suspected attacks from dogs.
Steve feared that his flock may have contracted an illness or disease when he discovered the dead lambs. But after a post mortem examination on the third animal by a vet, it appears that the animals had been attacked, said Steve.
He has now posted notices on the public footpath that crosses the field at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, where he keeps the sheep, appealing to owners to keep their dogs on leads.
Steve, a dog owner himself, said: “After finding three dead lambs in two days I wondered if we had a disease so I had a post mortem carried out on the third animal and the vet confirmed there were puncture marks in the skin and said it was a dog that had attacked it. It wasn’t a fox that was responsible because foxes tend to chew their victims.
“I am a dog owner and dog lover myself, and I know that the vast majority of dog owners are very responsible and would hate to think their pet had caused the death of a lamb. I’ve read about cases recently reported by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in which dogs, some as old as 11, had attacked sheep, having never done it before. The attacks very much came out of the blue and their owners were distraught. However well behaved a dog is, at the end of the day it’s an animal and it can behave unpredictably.
“The best way to avoid anything like this happening is for anyone out walking their dog in the countryside to please keep their animals under control, on a lead, when there are sheep and lambs around.”
Steve’s flock delivered 100 lambs this spring, with the animals grazing around the fields close to Croots Farm Shop. He breeds and rears the lambs to sell in the farm shop.
It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere. A court can decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if it injures someone’s animal.
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