Hebden Bridge farmer shoots dog after it killed six lambs in sheep worrying incident

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that a Hebden Bridge farmer has shot dead a dog that attacked his livestock.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:04 pm

Six lambs had already been killed by the dog before the farmer intervened to prevent further loss of life at a farm in the Hebden Bridge area on Wednesday.

Farmers are legally allowed to shoot dogs that are worrying their stock as long as they hold a valid firearms licence.

There have already been several incidents involving dogs attacking sheep in Yorkshire this spring.

Lambs have been killed by a dog in Hebden Bridge
Lambs have been killed by a dog in Hebden Bridge

Dogs should always be kept on leads around livestock and owners should be aware that they have a natural instinct to chase, even when usually obedient, and may not respond to calls to return.

Anyone with any information on the Hebden Bridge attack should contact West Yorkshire Police quoting reference number 13210196782.