Vets called into action on sheep worrying

Vets in Northumberland are being recruited to help tackle the problem of sheep worrying.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) and Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS) have sent a letter to small animal practices inviting them to display posters in their waiting rooms and treatment areas.

It aims to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “Sheep worrying causes a multitude of problems for sheep farmers.

“Not only are we seeing direct injuries from incidences of sheep worrying, but also many indirect, stress-related injuries, such as abortions.

“By working with veterinary professionals to give them the information to advise dog owners of the risk from their dog to sheep, the NSA and SVS are hoping to encourage more responsible dog ownership.”

The poster can be downloaded online at www.nationalsheep.org.uk/dog-owners

Copies can also be requested by practices by calling 01684 892661.