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Livestock Worrying

Livestock worrying is a big issue for farmers particularly problematic during lambing season (December – May).


  • Wednesday 29th April, 2020

    Two sheep were injured by a dog in the Evercreech area, unfortunately, one of the sheep was critically injured and had to be put down.


    If you have any information in relating to this incident call 101 quoting the reference number – 5220090601.


    All dog owners should keep their dogs under control around livestock.

  • Wednesday 29th January, 2020

    This occurs when dogs chase animals, injure and/or kill them.

    The damage caused can be visible such as severe wounds or death. Other damage can be less obvious, e.g. if they are in lamb, they can often abort their lambs through stress.

    Any breed of dog can worry livestock, even the most placid, small, friendly loving pet.

    If your dog attacks livestock, you could end up being responsible for offences, including criminal damage and livestock worrying. Dogs should be kept on leads when near any livestock. Owners should secure their homes and gardens, particularly in rural areas.

    Please make sure your dog is well trained and kept under proper control while out and about, in case you happen to come across livestock.

    We want our farmer’s livelihoods protected and don’t want anyone to lose their beloved family pet.

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