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Police are reminding dog owners to keep their pets on leads, especially when near livestock, after a sheep was mauled by a dog near Carisbrooke recently.

It has been reported to the Isle of Wight’s Country Watch team that at least 1 sheep has died after being attacked by a dog with a further 10 sheep killed as a result of shock.

The incident took place on a small holding close to Carisbrooke Castle, which is a very popular dog walking area.

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Dogs worrying livestock is a criminal offence contrary to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953. Dog owners should be aware that in such instances as the above, the owner/ person in control of the dog can be prosecuted, and the dog can be shot by the farmer to end an attack.

Police’s advice to dog owners is:

• Keep your dog on a lead when in a field with livestock, if there is no livestock in the field, keep the dog in sight at all times.
• Be aware of what your dog is doing, and be confident it will return to you promptly on command. If you cannot be confident of this, the dog should not be off the lead.
• Ensure the dog does not stray off the path or area where you have right of access.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact the Country Watch team on 101 quoting 44190048324. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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