AN EMOTIONAL film which gives an insight into what can happen when a dog is let off its lead in the countryside made an impact during its big-screen debut.
The screening, hosted at the Scala, took place last Thursday (July 14). The education film – Livestock Education and Dogs or ‘L•E•A•D’ – was produced by SkyWebMedia/Fassen8 Productions based in Prestatyn. The footage aims to raise awareness of “key” countryside issues and hopes to help reduce dog attacks on livestock – particularly sheep – by reminding dog owners to keep their animals on a lead.
More than 80 people attended the launch at the town's cinema. Sergeant Rob Taylor, of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team, hosted a question and answer session prior to the screening.
Lyz Davies, director of Fassen8 Productions, said: “It was a really emotional film. I had seen the footage about 100 times, so during the screening I was really looking at the audience, watching their faces.
“The film took us about six weeks to put together. When deciding what direction to take, we tried to address every kind of question. Nobody wants to be in this situation – there are no winners. No one wants to see their dog shot or put down.
“We went to places, such as Snowdonia, and you can completely understand why people want to come to this beautiful area and the farmers love to see people. All the farmers are dog lovers – Fiona Davies, a sheep farmer we interviewed, has 15 pet dogs as well as working dogs and celebrity hill farmer Gareth Wyn Jones – who also features in the film – has seven working dogs. It is devastating for the farmers when these incidents happened. The sheep can end up without half its face or be so stressed, that the impact is huge. They may not breed anymore.
“It is a complete privilege to be involve in getting this message out – to remind owners to keep their dogs on leads. It is lovely for us and people in the community to be able to support the wider problem as well.”
Sergeant Taylor added: “The launch was hugely successful and the reception was very positive and fully supportive of what we are together trying to achieve.
"The consequences can be financially crippling to farmers and devastating to dog owners who may see their family pets destroyed. No one benefits when dogs are not kept under control, is just lose - lose.”
The film will be shown at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. The video can also be viewed at http://www.skyweb.media/leadfilm