Dead lambs prompts dogs warning

PUBLISHED: 11:07 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:34 17 June 2010

DOG owners are being urged once again to keep their pets on leads after two lambs were killed on Salcombe Hill.

DOG owners are being urged once again to keep their pets on leads after two lambs were killed on Salcombe Hill.The farmer at Salcombe Hill found the dead animals during his rounds checking on newborn lambs on Monday evening.Stuart Britton, National Trust area warden for East Devon, said: "This is always a sad and frustrating event, as the farmer has spent so much time, money and effort over the past few weeks to ensure the survival of the lambs. This is despite there being plenty of warning notices in the area requesting that dogs be kept on a lead."It seems a shame that, after all the hard work to improve the area around Salcombe Hill, opening up the views for all to enjoy the freedom of being outside, a very small minority are not treating the area with the respect it deserves, despite there being numerous notices warning people to keep their dog on a lead."I know most dogs are fine and well-behaved, but it only takes one incident when a dog probably 'playing' in an inquisitive manner can pose a serious threat to stock."Mr Britton appealed for dog walkers on Salcombe Hill to keep their dogs on the lead, especially at this sensitive time of year.


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