Sheep worrying cases on the rise
A new campaign has been launched urging Island dog owners to be responsible as lambing season approaches.
It follows a steady rise in the number of sheep worrying cases in the Island, with more than 40 cases reported in the last two years.
These have varied from attacks on individual animals to the loss of entire flocks.
Owners who lose dogs on or near farmland should immediately contact the dog warden (686688) and local farmers, who will help search for dogs to minimise the risk of an attack.
Advice for those exercising their dogs in the countryside is keep them under control at all times, on short leads, and do not allow them to bark uncontrollably.
The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has teamed up with the Manx National Farmers Union to address the issue.
MNFU President Brian Brumby hopes the public will support the message: