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Sheep attacked and killed

27 Feb 2017 11:51 AM

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Police are warning people to look after their dogs when out in rural areas.

Northumbria Police would like to remind dog walkers to take care and control over their dogs while out walking in rural areas.

This comes after an incident in Bockenfield in Felton near Alnwick on Wednesday, February 22, about 2pm when a dog attacked three sheep in a field near to the A1.

Officers attended and found that as a result of the dog attack two sheep had died and a third needed treatment by a vet for injuries.

The dog was removed by Northumberland County Council dog warden and the owner has been traced and paid the farmer for the dead sheep and costs incurred.

Neighbourhood Acting Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: "This was a distressing incident that could easily have been avoided if the dog had been on a leash.

"It was fortunate that the affected sheep had not been lambing at the time, or the outcome could have been much worse.

"We want to remind dog owners to make sure their dogs are kept under control at all times, in particular when near farm land and other animals."

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 577 of 22/02/17.