Deer culled after dog rampage as owners told to keep pets on leads

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets on leads after deer in the countryside had to be culled.

Police have urged dog owners to keep their dogs under control or face a farmer taking aim, as deer injured by pets running rampant have had to be put down.

Graphic photos shared by Gloucestershire Police’s Rural Crime Team show a series of horrific wounds suffered by deer thought to have been caused by crashing into fences at speed.

The Cotswolds-based force captioned the pictures on Twitter with a strongly-worded warning to dog walkers, GloucestershireLive reports.

Some of the animals were so badly injured they had to be put to sleep.

A spokesperson for the rural crime team said: "A great number of deer are being culled in the Cotswolds due to leg injuries after getting caught in fencing.

"Deer can jump fencing without effort.

"However, if they're chased by dogs, they often run into the fences.

"Keep dogs on a lead around wildlife!!"

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This is not the first time the rural crime team has issued such a warning.

Last month it reminded pet owners to keep dogs on a lead after a sheep was killed by a dog which was not on a lead.

The team has also put up signs along popular walking routes in the area urging people to keep their pets on a lead while out in the countryside.

By law a landowner is allowed to shoot a dog they believe to be worrying their livestock and putting them at risk.

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