Dog attacks pregnant sheep in Welwyn Garden City park

PUBLISHED: 09:47 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 27 February 2018

Grazing sheep in Panshanger Park.

Grazing sheep in Panshanger Park.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Dog owners are being urged to control their pets after an attack on a second sheep within five months in Panshanger Park.

The sheep that was attacked at Panshanger Park in September.  Picture: TarmacThe sheep that was attacked at Panshanger Park in September. Picture: Tarmac

On February, Friday 16, a dog attacked sheep in the field south of the River Mimram in Panshanger Park.

The incident happened in a part of the park which is not open to the public, where pregnant ewes are being kept in the lead up to lambing season.

Police were called and it is understood interviewed the owners.

In September a ewe was attacked by an Alsatian and had to have her tail amputated because it was so badly damaged.

The sheep that was attacked at Panshanger Park in September.  Picture: TarmacThe sheep that was attacked at Panshanger Park in September. Picture: Tarmac

Michael Pendock, estates manager said: “The vast majority of dog owners and walkers keep their animals under control but unfortunately it only takes one irresponsible owner for attacks like this to happen.”

Members of the public are reminded to comply with notices and warning signage in the park.

Fences and gates are there for the public’s protection and to reflect the fact that the park is still managed for agricultural activities, wildlife and forestry.

Mike added: “It is not the case that the public has a right to roam unrestricted over all areas.

“Incidents like this sheep attack highlight the need for the public to also respect the clear signage around the park explaining which areas they can enjoy freely so people, animals and wildlife can share the park safely.”

For more information about walking dogs in Panshanger Park head to www.tarmac.com/panshanger-park/dogwalking/

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