Police are appealing for information into an incident that led to the death of a number of sheep and injuries to others near Gravesend.

Patrols were called to land near Ashenbank Woods, Halfpence Lane after a dog was seen attacking sheep in a field, at around 9.20am on Monday 6 May 2024. Three ewes suffered fatal injuries, with others needing veterinary treatment. Constables completed a search for the dog, described as a large black and white Spaniel, but it had left the area with its owner.

Investigating officer, PC Nathan Colman, said:

‘This was a very distressing incident and an investigation is underway to identify the person who should have been in control of the dog at the time. Offences of this kind also have a significant impact on farmers, particularly during the lambing season.

‘I urge anyone who has information that could assist our enquiries to contact us.’

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01474 366149, quoting reference 46/73465/24. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form on their website.

Information about controlling dogs in the presence of livestock is available on the Kent Police website at https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ac/animal-crime/

By Ed

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