Sheep killed by dogs

SHEEP have been killed and others injured by dogs in the Torrington area.

Police have issued a warning to dog owners and to farmers after a number of incidents of sheep worrying in the St Giles-in-the-Wood and Dodscott areas.

In one incident at St Giles at around 12.30am on March 3 three sheep were killed and more were injured.

Calls have also been received from a number of other farmers reporting dogs chasing their stock in the early hours of the morning.

PCSO Melissa Baker of Torrington Police Station said: “We are concerned as there have been reports of sheep worrying in these areas over the past couple of weeks and sheep in lamb have been killed. There could be more incidents that have gone unreported. We would ask anyone out and about to report promptly any signs of such activity. These dogs need to be identified as soon as possible to prevent further distress to the farmers and their sheep.

“We want to make people aware that farmers are losing their livestock and have the right to shoot dogs in these circumstances. Because of the present concerns we would ask people walking their dogs in these areas to keep them on leads and to take extra care.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 08452 777444 quoting log 276 of March 3.

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