Appeal for dog walkers to keep pets under control during lambing season
The lambing season is upon us and with many public paths crossing fields of sheep, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is appealing to dog walkers to follow best practice when out in the countryside.
While walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and other public footpaths and bridleways:
- Always keep dogs on a short lead and under close control when sheep or any other livestock are present.
- Clean up after your dog; bag it and bin it wherever you can or take it away –please do not leave poo bags in the countryside.
National Park Authority Public Rights of Way Officer, Meurig Nicholas said:
“If your dog is out of your sight or left out of control, it may chase after, attack or worry sheep. Worried and stressed pregnant sheep can miscarry or abort their lambs.
“Young lambs are also very vulnerable at this time, and can get distressed and even die if they are separated from their mothers or abandoned after being chased by dogs.”
There have also been incidents where dogs have had to be rescued from cliffs because they were not kept under close control.
Mr Nicholas added:
“These situations have resulted in emergency services such as the Coastguard and RNLI having to retrieve and rescue dogs. These incidents are avoidable and add unnecessary pressure to our busy emergency services.”
For more information, including the National Park Authority’s Dog Walking Code of Conduct, visit our Walking your dog page.
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