Dangerous dog sought after pregnant sheep is killed in Derbyshire
Date of alert:
Saturday, 2 April 2022
A pregnant sheep and her unborn lambs have been killed after being chased by a dog. The animal was forced to jump into the path of a van in the Peak District National Park while pursued by the animal.
The incident occurred in Nether Padley, Grindleford, at around 3.30pm on Saturday, March 26. The ewe was chased by a slim, medium size light tan and white dog which was not on a lead.
Derbyshire police are now hunting for the owner of the dog and are asking anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information about the incident to contact them.
During the chase and in a distressed state, the pregnant ewe jumped down an embankment and onto a nearby road, where it was hit by a van. Tragically the ewe died, along with its two unborn lambs.
The name owner of the ewe and the unborn lambs hasn't been released by police but if the owner of the dog is found they could be liable for the death of the animal and owe the farmer compensation. According to the Animals Act 1971, where a dog causes damage by killing or injuring livestock, any person who is a keeper of the dog is strictly liable for the damage.