Dog attacks on sheep in Derbyshire prompt police warning

Dog owners in Derbyshire are being urged to control their animals after a series of attacks on sheep.

Last week, two sheep were found dead and two injured in a field at Brailsford with wounds consistent with dog bites.

Police said this followed several reports of sheep worrying in villages around Ashbourne.

Officers said owners were responsible for keeping their dogs under control, especially around livestock.

Under The Animals Act 1971, someone who kills or injures a dog that was worrying or about to worry livestock has a legal defence.

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