Dog attacks on livestock increased in lockdown, say farmers

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Incidents such as killing of 50 pregnant ewes caused by owners unaware of threat posed by pets

A series of horrific attacks by dogs on livestock is a consequence of lockdown and more people walking in the countryside who are oblivious to the threat posed by out-of-control pets, according to farmers.

Earlier this month, 50 pregnant ewes and their unborn lambs were killed in Monmouthshire when a dog forced them into a corner against a stone wall, where the panicking animals suffocated and died.

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