Third dog attack on Cissbury sheep - witnesses?

Three recent attacks by dogs on sheep in West Sussex have underlined the need for dog owners to use a lead near livestock, says the NFU.

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Sussex NFU Adviser James Osman said: “It is now the lambing season and across Sussex around 330,000 ewes (female sheep) are giving birth to lambs now and over the coming month.

“We would like members of the public to report any sightings of dogs attacking flocks to Sussex police on: 101. We’d also hope that responsible dog owners who use a lead around livestock will encourage others to do the same. These attacks are appalling given that only last weekend farmers across Sussex were out talking to dog owners, asking them to use a lead near livestock and to check their properties are dog proof.”

  • March 10, female sheep savaged at Cissbury Ring, above Findon valley c.8.30am - no dog found
  • March 10, female sheep savaged and a dog found beside Washington car park and gas station, c.9am/10am

The field at Cissbury has three Sussex Police/NFU warning signs along the boundaries and the attack was only 30m from a sign. In the first attack, no dog was found and farmer Chris Hodgkins hopes a witness may help police find its owner.

Both the injured sheep have been taken to Locks Farm ,Washington, near Pulborough.

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