In the last day I have had reports of two incidents of sheep worrying and attacks by dogs being taken for walks with their owners in the fields. Three sheep have been lost and two lambs in the most awful way. LETS PUT A STOP TO THIS!
During the CV19 outbreak please remember we are in Lambing season, if you are taking your one hour permitted exercise do it locally, however keep away from any fields that have livestock sheep, or sheep with lambs, cattle etc. in them. DO NOT TRESPASS!
Even if your dog is on a lead just the presence of unknown persons and dogs can cause sheep stress that can lead to loosing unborn lambs and the Sheep themselves.
Lets help the farmers who are keeping us supplied with essential food at this time
Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence. The Act considers sheep worrying to include attacking sheep, chasing them in a way that may cause injury, suffering, abortion or loss of produce or being at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.
The reality of livestock attacks can have devastating effects for both the farmer and dog owner. Dog owners need to be aware and understand that the most loving, obedient family pet can become a menace when in a field filled with a flock of playful looking woolly sheep. In a bid to reduce the number of livestock attacks it is important that both farmers and dog owners work together. When sheep are attacked by a dog, the dog is also at risk. Dog owners should always keep their dogs on a lead when near livestock and farmers should ensure there are clear and visible signs on gates and paths to remind owners to keep their dog on a lead. Farmers should also consider placing livestock feeders away from public paths to reduce the risk of interaction between dogs and livestock.
Remember livestock worrying is a crime and any incident should be reported to the police.
PCSO Fenner C7163
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:42 by Deborah Rush