The reckless parents who let children run riot

After an experience on Wednesday 17th August we felt strongly to write the following letter.

Saturday, 27th August 2011, 5:03 pm

We set off, my partner my dog and I for a lengthy 9-10 mile walk culminating with a trek back home through the Chatsworth estate.

Throughout the nine miles we observed all requests and notices for the responsible control of our dog, particularly where deer and sheep were grazing, which required us to restain Harry by leash in these sensitive areas.

So towards the end of a beautiful walk whilst walking along the banks of the Derwent amongst hundreds of grazing sheep you can imagine how horrified and extremely surprised we both were to see these traumatised sheep herding and running away from their tormentors.

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You may ask yourself what breed of dog this was and their uncaring owners.

Imagine our horror to see two very unruly children intentionally chasing and worrying the sheep as part of a game.

Their parents very unconcerned, enjoying the sun, drinking cans of lager at the side of the river.

Perhaps if the Duke of Devonshire was to read this letter or he chooses to walk through his grounds during school holidays he would add to his courtesy signs “Keep dogs and children on leads and under control” (these children subject to no parental control or supervision at 8 or 9 years of age will become the rioters and looters of tomorrow at 14 and 15 years of age).