Dog mauls two sheep to death in Hatfield park

Hatfield House is threatening to ban pass holders who fail to control their dogs after sheep were killed.  Picture: Hatfield House.

Hatfield House is threatening to ban pass holders who fail to control their dogs after sheep were killed. Picture: Hatfield House.

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Hatfield House is threatening to ban pass holders who fail to control their dogs after sheep were killed.

The CEO of Gascoyne Cecil of Estates, David Horton-Fawkes, sent out a letter last week to pass holders pleading with them to keep their dogs under control.

It was sent out after a pass holder’s pet killed two sheep and a third was injured in Hatfield park on Thursday, August 30.

It is the third time sheep have been killed this year, despite repeated requests to keep dogs under control.

Mr Horton-Fawkes wrote: “I write to remind you that dogs must always be kept under control in the park.

“If your dog is difficult to control or call back when off the lead, it should be kept on a lead at all times.”

He continued by saying that dogs may only be let off the lead in Elephant Dell and the Show Ground, which is marked in blue on the enclosed plan.

Signs around the rest of the park state that all canines should be kept on a lead at all times.

The CEO said dogs must be kept on leads when in the vicinity of sheep who graze in the central park for most of the year.

He warned: “Any pass holder found allowing their dog to run free in these areas will have their pass revoked.”

Hatfield is one of the few, if only, historic private parks in England where dogs are allowed to walk off a lead.

Mr Horton-Fawkes added: “If these attacks continue we will be forced to insist that all dogs are kept on leads at all times.”

He also pleaded for people to report others who do not follow these rules to security.

He added: “Please do not allow a small minority to spoil the enjoyment of the park for the majority of responsible dog owners.”


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