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Warning issued to keep dogs under control after toddler knocked over in Sudbury

Police have issued a warning. Stock picture (8662796)
Police have issued a warning. Stock picture (8662796)

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets under control, after a young child was knocked over in Sudbury.

Suffolk Police has issued the warning, following a number of recent reports around the county, where members of the public were injured in incidents involving dogs that were reportedly out of control.

In one such incident, a toddler was knocked down in Sudbury, by a puppy trying to get at some food that the child had been holding.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: "While it isn't necessary for dogs to be on a leash at all times, dogs must be kept on a lead in designated pedestrian zones and on land where livestock is present.

"Police are urging dog owners to be mindful of their surroundings and are reminding them that they are responsible for any damage the dog in their care may commit."

This has been echoed by the National Farmers Union (NFU), which has warned of the risk of dog attacks on livestock during the Easter holidays, when many people are expected to be walking their pets in the countryside.

Earlier this year, attacks were reported in Acton and Milden, with sheep suffering significant injuries as a result in both instances.

The NFU says sheep with newborn lambs are especially vulnerable at this time of year, stating: "The attacks can result in horrific and often fatal injuries.

"Even if a dog doesn’t make contact, the distress of the chase can cause sheep to die and miscarry their lambs.

"Over the Easter period, sheep with new-born lambs are especially vulnerable as they are often grazing on low-lying fields close to footpaths."

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