Dogs shot in South East after sheep killed in attacks

Four dogs have been shot by farmers in the south east of England after being found attacking and killing sheep.

The dogs were killed in the past week in Hartfield, in East Sussex, and Groombridge, which straddles the Kent and East Sussex border.

Police said "sheep worrying" is an offence and farmers were allowed to shoot the dogs.

PC Jennifer Black said dog owners needed to check their fences and ensure their dogs cannot escape.

She said: "Even docile dogs at home are capable of chasing sheep, which may result in a pregnant sheep aborting its lamb or having to be put to sleep as a result of sustained injuries.

"Livestock are a farmers' livelihood and dead and injured sheep can cause significant financial loss and great upset."

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