Mid Wales

Llanfair Caereinion attacks: Dogs must be kept on leads

Councillors have banned pet owners from letting their dogs off the lead in part of a Powys town after the animals were blamed for attacking sheep.

Deri Wood and Goat Field, which are maintained by Llanfair Caereinion Town Council, are popular with dog owners.

But following a number of attacks on sheep in neighbouring fields councillors have imposed a dogs on leads policy.

A fence is also being erected along a 300m section to protect livestock.

Deri Wood and Goat Field cover an area of about eight acres (3.2 hectares).

Gareth Jones, a town councillor whose land neighbours Deri Wood, said a number of his sheep had been victims of dog attacks over the last couple of years.

"I was at the town council meeting where the decision was taken, but I declared an interest and took no part in the discussions," Mr Jones said.

"The decision wasn't taken lightly by the town council.

"It is very frustrating for me as a farmer. You expect to lose sheep now and again, but the frequency is costing me a lot of money.

"It's not just me, other farmers are having problems too but my land is closest to the wood and Goat Field."

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