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Dog owners warned as lambs hurt

Dog owners are being reminded to keep their pets away from areas where sheep graze after two lambs were attacked on the Isle of Man.

Police said a black, white and brown cross-breed dog, which was similar in size to a Collie, attacked the lambs in a field in Lonan on Thursday.

One of the ewes had to destroyed and the other is badly injured.

Anyone with information about the attack, opposite the Axenfell Plantation, is urged to contact police.

Pc Will Moffatt said: "Fortunately attacks like this are extremely rare on the Isle of Man but I would remind the public that lambing season is approaching and any interference from dogs, no matter how friendly they usually are, can have serious effects on sheep."

Police are asking people to keep their dogs on a lead and not to let them wander into fields where there is livestock.

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