Newborn lamb dies after owner loses control of dog at Aldenham Country Park

Borehamwood Times: Park staff are keen to ensure the attack does not deter people from visiting the farm Park staff are keen to ensure the attack does not deter people from visiting the farm

A vicious dog ran riot in a farm and began chasing other animals – before eventually killing a newborn lamb.

The pet, whose breed is not known, was taken to Aldenham Country Park, in Dagger Lane, Elstree, by its owner on Saturday morning.

But when it was let off its leash, its owner lost control of the animal and it chased a flock of pregnant ewes around the park for 15 minutes.

Although the incident only resulted in the death of one lamb, park staff fear the stress of the attack could cause a number of still births.

The park is usually a popular spot with families during the holidays - and park manager Olivier Behzadi is keen to ensure the “one off” incident does not deter people from visiting.

He said: “We’ve only had two attacks of this nature, but we have thousands of visitors each week. Everyone is always well behaved.

“We are happy to have dogs on site, but would urge people to make sure they are kept under control.

“Our visitors have nothing to be scared of. We are a happy, safe place.”

Legally, if a dog attacks or chases livestock, the owner of the canine will be held responsible and liable for prosecution.

Police are investigating the incident.

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1:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

G_Whiz says...

There are some real ignorant clueless dog owners around aren't there?

What was the owner doing while the dog was running around?

Give the staff a dog taser!
There are some real ignorant clueless dog owners around aren't there? What was the owner doing while the dog was running around? Give the staff a dog taser! G_Whiz
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