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Sheep died after dog attack in Minstead, in the New Forest

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THE owner of a dog which savaged two sheep to death in the New Forest has been ordered to sign a contract to keep his pet under control.

The 40-year-old from the Lyndhurst area was given a community resolution order, which are often handed to first-time offenders without the matter going to court.

He also signed a dog behaviour contract requiring him to keep his animal on a lead at all times when in a public place.

One of the warning signs in the New Forest
One of the warning signs in the New Forest

Hampshire police has issued a warning to other owners in the wake of the incident, highlighting the impact on farmers.

A spokesperson for the force explained its rural team were called out on Sunday 22nd August to reports of livestock being worried at Newtown Road in Minstead.

It transpired the dog involved had escaped its owner and attacked two sheep which subsequently died from their injuries.

He said the owner voluntarily attended an interview under caution and following that the resolution was agreed without going to court.

“This particular case, unfortunately, is commonplace in rural areas," the spokesperson went on.

"Livestock worrying offences can cause significant impact financially to a farmer in order to treat injuries or replace the loss of livestock, while having a detrimental effect on the livestock farming business."

As reported in the A&T, this year another dog owner had to pay a £615 court bill, including a fine and compensation, after a pig had to be put down having been attacked by her pet in Ashurst.

Kathleen Brady (35), of Reynolds Road, Southampton, admitted to city magistrates’ court a charge that her dog worried livestock on 5th November last year.

There have been calls by the verderers for new rules to ban all off-lead dog walking in the New Forest to protect livestock. But these were recently rejected by leaders at New Forest District Council who want to focus on out-of-control animals.

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