Plea to dog-owners after Woolbeding flock attacked

On the road to recovery - the Woolbeding lamb attacked by a dog SUS-150120-164048001
On the road to recovery - the Woolbeding lamb attacked by a dog SUS-150120-164048001

WOOLBEDING park rangers have issued a plea to dog-owners after a dog attacked one of the lambs on the estate.

Livestock ranger Rob Graves said the attack was ‘upsetting’ and is asking dog walkers to keep their pets under control when roaming the estate.

He said: “The whole flock were being chased.

“One lamb was bitten and has had to have vet treatment and has a nasty gash on her leg now. It’s obviously very upsetting for us to see our livestock harmed. The breed is Herdwicks which we have had on the estate for more than five years. They graze the parkland and our conservation grazing sites like Harting Down.”

Rob is advising dog-owners to keep their pets on a lead.

He added: “What is more annoying is that we have signs up. We want people to enjoy the grounds, but to be aware there is livestock there and to respect the rules.”

He added the incident was ‘even more worrying’ around pregnant ewes.