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Sheep worrying warning by Shropshire National Trust estate

By Amy Wall | Telford | Broseley | Published:

Dog owners are being asked to keep their dog on a lead while walking at a National Trust property in Shropshire.

Staff at Benthall Hall, near Broseley, are asking the public to keep their dogs under control while walking on the properties' estate and surrounding land.

"At Benthall we have had two separate incidences of sheep worrying," explained Nick Swankie, staff member.

"The sheep are in the fields around Benthall Hall, they are clearly visible from all access points, and all public rights of way crossing the land."

Benthall is a 16th century English country house. Although is still occupied by the Benthall family, the property is now owned by the National Trust since 1958.

The house is open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from February through to October.

Nick added: "It is simply not acceptable to use the excuse that you didn't see the sheep.

"All of the access points ask owners to keep dogs on leads and owners should do this, until they are clear of the fields with the sheep in.

"If you know your dog is not well behaved around sheep and livestock keep it on a lead or simply walk elsewhere."

Dog owners who fail to control their pets around livestock could face a hefty fine or even prosecution.

Amy Wall

By Amy Wall
Trainee reporter - @AmyWall_star

Trainee reporter based at head office in Ketley, Telford.

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