Dog attack warning

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Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:44 am
Deer in the snow at Studley Royal Deer Park, Fountains Abbey, near Ripon. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Owners of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, the National Trust, appealed for people to stick to the rules following an attack in the deer park.

A facebook post for the site stated: “Unfortunately we’ve had a serious incident today with a dog off a lead in the Studley deer park.

“Dogs are very welcome at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and we know that the deer park in particular, is a much cherished space for dog walkers,” a spokesman for the National Trust told the Ripon Gazette.

“Unfortunately, a visitor to the deer park reported an attack by an uncontrolled dog on Sunday March 14 which has prompted a reminder on social media of the rules regarding dogs on site here.

“Dogs must be on a lead throughout the abbey, water garden and in all areas of the deer park.”

They added that this was the latest incident involving dogs at the site.

“There have been a number of recent incidents where uncontrolled dogs have become a danger to the wildlife as well as to our visitors.

“The deer are especially vulnerable in the spring as they start to have their young.

“There are signs at each entrance to Studley and regular checks take place across the site.

“Please respect our staff and volunteers for enforcing these rules, you will be asked to put your dog on a lead when visiting.”

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal grounds remain open for local visitors in line with government regulations.