Pendle Council is advising dog owners to take care when walking with their dogs through the Pendle countryside this lambing season.
The countryside around Pendle is crossed by a network of paths, many of which go through fields used for lambing. Since lambing time has begun in Pendle, the council is asking dog walkers to take extra care to reduce the risk to pregnant ewes and their unborn lambs.
Pendle countryside access officer Tom Partridge said: “We’re appealing to dog walkers to follow the Countryside Code to keep their dogs under close control when using public paths.
“The best way to do this is to keep dogs on a short lead especially near farm animals. If a pregnant ewe takes fright at a dog running about, it is very easy for it to lose its lambs.”
There have been a number of recent prosecutions in other boroughs relating to farmers and landowners shooting dogs that have been worrying their sheep.
In some cases the courts have found in favour of the farmers.
Coun. David Clegg, Executive member for environmental services, said: “As the weather begins to improve, there is no better time of year to explore Pendle’s stunning countryside, but please take care not to disturb farm animals and wildlife.
“We want lambing season to progress without any unfortunate incidents in Pendle. Our advice is to stick to paths where possible and keep dogs on leads at all times around sheep.”
For advice on the Countryside Code, contact our Countryside Access Team on 661059 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.