Police: Keep dogs on leads near livestock – or they could be put to sleep

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 February 2017

Dog walkers are being urged to obey the Countryside Code when out and about.

Dog walkers are being urged to obey the Countryside Code when out and about.

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Dog owners are being urged to keep their pets under control around livestock – or risk seeing it put down.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is urging people to follow the Countryside Code as lambing season approaches.

Aside from actual dog attacks, any stress caused to pregnant ewes can cause them to miscarry and such incidents can cause extreme upset to both farmers and dog owners.

PC Katy Drabble, from the force’s rural crime team, said: “Even if you think your dog is placid and friendly, when faced with a field full of livestock they can be unpredictable. It’s simply not worth taking the risk – keep your dog on a lead and away from livestock.

“If your dog is found to be responsible for sheep worrying then you could find yourself with a large vet bill, prosecution and the strong possibility of your dog being destroyed as a result. We don’t want anyone to lose a much-loved family pet, so please keep them on the lead.”

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