Lambing season caution

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

 

DOG walkers have been urged to keep their animals on leads when near sheep during lambing season.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said ewes were particularly vulnerable at this time of year, as they prepare to give birth.

BVA president and vet Robin Hargreaves said: "Even dogs who are usually calm and good natured can become very excitable and difficult to control when faced with livestock. Tragically this can lead to chasing, attacks and fatalities for sheep and other animals.

"Over the coming months ewes in the field are likely to be heavily pregnant or to have recently given birth. Chasing and worrying can have severe consequences at this time, leading to serious injuries, early labour and fatalities."

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