Livestock savaged by out of control pet dog

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COUNTRYWATCH officers are urging dog owners to keep their pets under control.

It follows an incident in East Hampshire at the weekend where six ewes and nine lambs were savaged by a dog.

At least another 20 sheep were injured.

It is not known if any of the injured sheep will die.

The dog was either a boxer or a mastiff.

PC Michael Ames said landowners have the right to shoot dogs worrying their livestock so they should always be kept under control.

He added: ‘This incident should act as a stark reminder as to why there is legislation in place outlining that dog owners must keep their animal under close control.

‘Even the most well behaved dog can revert to instinct when near livestock potentially causing distress, injury and loss of life.

The attack was in Alton.