18 sheep killed and more injured by out of control dog in North Yorkshire

Eighteen sheep have been killed and more injured by what police believe was an out of control dog in North Yorkshire.

The attack happened sometime between 4pm on Friday, January 8, and 4.30pm on Saturday, January 9, in a field between Warlaby and Ainderby Steeple.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "A total of 18 sheep have been attacked and killed and more injured, most likely by a loose or out of control dog or dogs.The field is between Warlaby and Ainderby Steeple and has a public footpath running through it.

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"If you saw anything or have any information about this incident, please ring North Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote reference number 1221001166."

A generic picture of a sheep.

Officers have now issued important advice for dog walkers in the area.

This includes making sure dogs are kept on a lead at all times when walking in a field containing sheep.

The force spokesman said: "Loose dogs, regardless of how well behaved they would normally be, can get into the thrill of the chase and become uncontrollable very quickly.

"Sheep can easily be injured or killed, or if pregnant ewes are chased around a field by a dog it can cause the ewe to abort unborn lambs and later die itself due to medical complications."