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Sheep Worrying

Alert message sent 06/08/2021 20:05:00

Information sent on behalf of Gloucestershire Constabulary

Police have received two reports of sheep worrying. This resulted in sheep being injured.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep

Sheep worrying includes the following;

attacking livestock

chasing livestock in such a way as may reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering to the livestock

being at large (that is to say not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep

It is every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.
Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them. The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

Dog bites can cause death in sheep or necessitate them being put down at a later date.
Sheep are valuable assets and any harm to them harms a farmer’s livelihood.

It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call
Message sent by
John Allen (Police, PCSO, Cirencester)

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