Flock of Brighton sheep removed after dog attacks

Flock of sheep removed after dog attacks

Flock of sheep removed after dog attacks

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A flock of sheep have had to be removed from a park after two dog attacks.

The sheep were part of the urban grazing scheme in Brighton and Hove and had taken up residence in Wild Park.

A council spokesman said: “There were two attacks at Wild Park on consecutive days – last Thursday and Friday.

“In the first a sheep was killed and in the second an animal was so badly injured it had to be put down.

“It is crucial people do not allow dogs to roam free where they could come into contact with sheep.

“If anyone has any information about a dog attacking sheep we’d ask them to contact the council’s countryside team.”

The sheep have been temporarily moved to Lewes and will remain there until their safety can be guaranteed.

They were installed on the ancient chalk grassland as part of the city’s grazing programme, designed to improve the open space for both wildlife and people.

The council claims grazing is better for the land than mowing as the grass is removed over several weeks allowing insects to move away and ensure structures like ant hills are not damaged.

Sheep also find some plants tastier than others, so grazing removes different plants at different rates, unlike mowing where everything is removed at once.

Grazing also ensures aggressive weeds such as nettles and brambles don’t take over and provides people with open spaces for quiet recreation, and exercise.

The scheme has attracted criticism though after a Freedom of Information request revealed last year the cost of maintaining the sheep amounted to more than £140,000 over the previous two years.

Costs included hiring the sheep, transporting the sheep and installing and repairing gates, fences and wiring.

Anyone witnessing a dog attacking a sheep should call the police on 101.

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9:40am Wed 2 Apr 14

Alison Smith says...

Violent dogs in Wild Park. Where do they come from?
Violent dogs in Wild Park. Where do they come from? Alison Smith
  • Score: 23

10:17am Wed 2 Apr 14

plantwoman says...

Pure ignorance - if you own a dog you should know that they are to be kept on a lead around livestock. Come on people, it's not that difficult is it?
Pure ignorance - if you own a dog you should know that they are to be kept on a lead around livestock. Come on people, it's not that difficult is it? plantwoman
  • Score: 24

11:10am Wed 2 Apr 14

Phani Tikkala says...

£140,000 on sheep?

Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW
£140,000 on sheep? Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW Phani Tikkala
  • Score: 19

11:16am Wed 2 Apr 14

angrymonkey says...

shame the farmer was not there with his shot gun to put the dogs down and if lucky take the owners out to doing good dog owners a favour.
shame the farmer was not there with his shot gun to put the dogs down and if lucky take the owners out to doing good dog owners a favour. angrymonkey
  • Score: 12

11:50am Wed 2 Apr 14

Vigilia says...

Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.
Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March. Vigilia
  • Score: -12

12:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Eugenius says...

Phani Tikkala wrote:
£140,000 on sheep?

Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW
Around half that cost was fences and repairs, not sheep. You might be interested to know that those lefties the Tax Payers' Alliance recommend sheep grazing as a cost saving measure all councils should be considering.
[quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: £140,000 on sheep? Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW[/p][/quote]Around half that cost was fences and repairs, not sheep. You might be interested to know that those lefties the Tax Payers' Alliance recommend sheep grazing as a cost saving measure all councils should be considering. Eugenius
  • Score: 2

12:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Brighton90 says...

I hope they find the owners, but it's highly unlikely. Shame that people are too thick to realise you shouldn't have dogs off the lead around livestock.
I hope they find the owners, but it's highly unlikely. Shame that people are too thick to realise you shouldn't have dogs off the lead around livestock. Brighton90
  • Score: 14

12:57pm Wed 2 Apr 14

BURIRAM says...

Vigilia wrote:
Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.
To the next park along Stanmer Park with all there Dogs
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.[/p][/quote]To the next park along Stanmer Park with all there Dogs BURIRAM
  • Score: 14

5:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

her professional says...

BURIRAM wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.
To the next park along Stanmer Park with all there Dogs
But they're probably more literate than you, even if their dogs were there.
[quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.[/p][/quote]To the next park along Stanmer Park with all there Dogs[/p][/quote]But they're probably more literate than you, even if their dogs were there. her professional
  • Score: -1

6:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

fredflintstone1 says...

Eugenius wrote:
Phani Tikkala wrote:
£140,000 on sheep?

Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW
Around half that cost was fences and repairs, not sheep. You might be interested to know that those lefties the Tax Payers' Alliance recommend sheep grazing as a cost saving measure all councils should be considering.
So you approve of fencing off public space out of the public purse, denying people access to land where they have been able to walk without restrictions for decades?

Parks are for people, not sheep. The fact is that sheep shouldn't be exploited as mobile grass-cutting devices in these surroundings. If an attack took place on Thursday, why wasn't the shepherd there on Friday to keep a closer watch on this group? On a farm, I suspect that you'd find flocks are supervised much more carefully.

This shepherd (who is the son of the Grazing Officer of the Sussex Wildlife Trust) is charging a fortune for supplying and constantly trucking sheep around the city, with seemingly scant regard for their welfare. There have been a number of cases of concern.

Once sheep inevitably start being killed nearby on the Ditchling Road under the proposed free-grazing scheme, when they're allowed to wander all over the road, will council taxpayers be expected to pay compensation?
[quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: £140,000 on sheep? Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW[/p][/quote]Around half that cost was fences and repairs, not sheep. You might be interested to know that those lefties the Tax Payers' Alliance recommend sheep grazing as a cost saving measure all councils should be considering.[/p][/quote]So you approve of fencing off public space out of the public purse, denying people access to land where they have been able to walk without restrictions for decades? Parks are for people, not sheep. The fact is that sheep shouldn't be exploited as mobile grass-cutting devices in these surroundings. If an attack took place on Thursday, why wasn't the shepherd there on Friday to keep a closer watch on this group? On a farm, I suspect that you'd find flocks are supervised much more carefully. This shepherd (who is the son of the Grazing Officer of the Sussex Wildlife Trust) is charging a fortune for supplying and constantly trucking sheep around the city, with seemingly scant regard for their welfare. There have been a number of cases of concern. Once sheep inevitably start being killed nearby on the Ditchling Road under the proposed free-grazing scheme, when they're allowed to wander all over the road, will council taxpayers be expected to pay compensation? fredflintstone1
  • Score: 14

6:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Kate234 says...

Brighton90 wrote:
I hope they find the owners, but it's highly unlikely. Shame that people are too thick to realise you shouldn't have dogs off the lead around livestock.
Wild park is next to loads of houses and dogs do sometimes escape even with the best intention of the owners (especially if new delicious sheep are nearby). It is a stupid place to put sheep.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton90[/bold] wrote: I hope they find the owners, but it's highly unlikely. Shame that people are too thick to realise you shouldn't have dogs off the lead around livestock.[/p][/quote]Wild park is next to loads of houses and dogs do sometimes escape even with the best intention of the owners (especially if new delicious sheep are nearby). It is a stupid place to put sheep. Kate234
  • Score: 13

7:38pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bill in Hanover says...

Alison Smith wrote:
Violent dogs in Wild Park. Where do they come from?
Search me, there weren't any a few weeks ago.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Violent dogs in Wild Park. Where do they come from?[/p][/quote]Search me, there weren't any a few weeks ago. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bill in Hanover says...

her professional wrote:
BURIRAM wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.
To the next park along Stanmer Park with all there Dogs
But they're probably more literate than you, even if their dogs were there.
There are still approximately 20 -25 caravans parked in the field behind the school on Lynchet Close which is a couple of hundred yards away from where the sheep were, and they have aggressive dogs living with them, I know that as one of them went for my own dog as I walked past. So can you have your own literacy checked before posting snotty ill-informed comments.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: Before any speculation that the dogs may have belonged to travellers on 27 and 28 March, may I just point out that they had left for Stanmer Park on 23 March.[/p][/quote]To the next park along Stanmer Park with all there Dogs[/p][/quote]But they're probably more literate than you, even if their dogs were there.[/p][/quote]There are still approximately 20 -25 caravans parked in the field behind the school on Lynchet Close which is a couple of hundred yards away from where the sheep were, and they have aggressive dogs living with them, I know that as one of them went for my own dog as I walked past. So can you have your own literacy checked before posting snotty ill-informed comments. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 6

11:38pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jackthekipper says...

theres too many dogs all of a sudden,rottingdean beach has become the biggest dog toilet going,theres **** everywhere and no one give a ****
theres too many dogs all of a sudden,rottingdean beach has become the biggest dog toilet going,theres **** everywhere and no one give a **** jackthekipper
  • Score: 0

8:57am Thu 3 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

Only a brainless dingbat would think it is a good idea to place sheep in a city park where people walk their dogs! Of course, the dogs in question should have been under control, but anyone with a grain of intelligence would conclude that in such a busy public park, the sheep would be at serious risk.
Only a brainless dingbat would think it is a good idea to place sheep in a city park where people walk their dogs! Of course, the dogs in question should have been under control, but anyone with a grain of intelligence would conclude that in such a busy public park, the sheep would be at serious risk. Juleyanne
  • Score: 12

3:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Eugenius wrote:
Phani Tikkala wrote:
£140,000 on sheep?

Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW
Around half that cost was fences and repairs, not sheep. You might be interested to know that those lefties the Tax Payers' Alliance recommend sheep grazing as a cost saving measure all councils should be considering.
So what are the savings from using sheep then? How much did it cost to mow vs using sheep? Including fencing etc - as you wouldn't need the fencing if you didn't use sheep. So you are being a bit disingenuous, Eugenius.
[quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: £140,000 on sheep? Further proof (as if anyone needs it) that the greens need to go NOW[/p][/quote]Around half that cost was fences and repairs, not sheep. You might be interested to know that those lefties the Tax Payers' Alliance recommend sheep grazing as a cost saving measure all councils should be considering.[/p][/quote]So what are the savings from using sheep then? How much did it cost to mow vs using sheep? Including fencing etc - as you wouldn't need the fencing if you didn't use sheep. So you are being a bit disingenuous, Eugenius. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 5

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