Dog owners given lambing season warning

FLOTTERSTONE:  Police and farmers launch the sheep worrying campaign
FLOTTERSTONE: Police and farmers launch the sheep worrying campaign

As lambing season starts, Midlothian farmers are hoping for the repeat success of a campaign, which encourages dog owners to be more responsible when out walking their pets.

After a successful pilot last year, Penicuik police will carry out quad-bike patrols across the Pentland Hills to protect sheep and lambs.

The initiative has the support of the Pentland Hills Rangers Service, which will be raising awareness of the sheep worrying and dog attacks through a series of educational events.

Tenant farmer Douglas Graham told the Advertiser that last year’s seasonal campaign had been “very successful” with only two incidents. Only one was reported to the police when a ewe “had her ear ripped off” as she was chased down the hill and ended up in a burn.

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