Sheep moved off Chailey Common following dog attacks

  • 28 December 2012
  • From the section Sussex

Grazing sheep are being moved from a common in Sussex after a spate of fatal dog attacks.

Farmers have seen eight sheep killed in separate attacks on their stock which graze on Chailey Common in North Chailey.

Farmer Carol Uridge said some dog owners do not realise the damage family pets can do to livestock.

East Sussex County Council are due to meet farmers and landowners to discuss the problem.

Mrs Uridge said the sheep are being left to graze on the common to restore the heathland.

"The sheep are lovely animals and are out there doing a job," she said.

"A lot of people don't realise the damage their dog can do if it ends up on its own with a sheep cornered - their natural doggy instincts will kick in."

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