MP warns against loose dogs
during lambing season
MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, has warned
against the dangers of loose dogs killing lambs and
sheep in rural areas across Leicestershire.
Neil visited local farmer Robert Gilbert in Kibworth,
whose livestock was recently attacked by loose dogs,
resulting in the death of a number of sheep.
is an important issue for farmers all year
round, and particularly so with lambing season
just about to start. Dogs can travel a long way
on their own and there have been a number of
horrible cases of sheep being killed locally as
a result of dogs being allowed to roam off the
lead. People should always keep their dog on a
lead near farms, and definitely should not send
them out for a walk on their own.”
Local farmer Robert Gilbert said,
we woke up to find slaughtered animals on our
farm because of a loose dog, which was a
nightmare to have to deal with. Dog owners and
walkers really need to understand the risks of
dogs being on the loose so close to livestock”.
Even really friendly dogs should be kept on a lead
and people can also choose sensible walk routes
which do not endanger defenceless animals. It isn’t
fair for farmers to have to deal with this.