Keep dogs on lead in Peaks

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DOG walkers in the Peak District should keep their pets under control to protect young animals during the breeding season, park rangers have warned.

Pet owners have a responsibility by law to walk their dogs on short leads until July 31 so they do not scare farm animals, birds or wildlife.

Sheep and lambs can be injured by dogs during the lambing season, while birds like curlew and lapwing and creatures such as hares are also easily disturbed.

Dogs are at risk of being kicked, trampled or lost, and could be shot for chasing livestock. At certain times, even dogs on leads are not allowed in some areas to protect breeding sites.

To report incidents call police on 0345 1233333 or park rangers on 01433 670216 or 01629 816290.