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URGENT APPEAL: Two sheep attacked by dog in Maidstone

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

DOG walkers are being urged to keep their pets on a lead around livestock after more than 20 attacks in four months.

The most recent incident was reported on March 1 at around 5pm in Loose, Maidstone. Two sheep were attacked by a dog with one of them suffering an injury to its head.

A total of 24 incidents have been recorded where dogs have attacked sheep, cows and other livestock, often leaving the animals maimed and having to be euthanised.

Sergeant Darren Walshaw said: “We are now in the early stages of lambing season and we have already seen cases where pregnant ewes have miscarried after being chased by dogs. I would ask that owners act responsibly and keep their dogs on a lead whilst they are around farm animals.

“On top of the horrific injuries sustained by livestock in such attacks, incidents of this nature can have significant financial implications for the owners who often incur vets bills and the loss of the animal.”