Warning - your dog could be shot

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:33 22 June 2012

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A FARMER with grazing sheep in a Somerset village has reported attacks on his flock, just days after a cow was savaged by a dog nearby.

Bristol Water has issued a warning to dog owners after farmers reported sheep being pestered by dogs on farmland near Cheddar Reservoir.

The company has reminded dog walkers that their beloved pet could legally be shot by farmers if it is the only way to stop livestock being tormented.

The warning comes after a seven-year-old cow was repeatedly bitten and killed by at least one dog on farmland in Cross.

Bristol Water spokesman Jeremy Williams said: “One dog killed a lamb and the dog-owner tried to hide the lamb - it was not quite dead when the farmer found it, but he then had to shoot it.

“The farmer is nearing the end of his tether with such reckless dog owners who completely ignore the warning signs that there are sheep grazing and dogs should be kept on leads.

“Dog owners need to be aware that Section 9 of the Animals Act 1971 provides that the owner of livestock, the landowner or anyone acting on their behalf, is entitled to shoot any dog if they believe it is the only reasonable way of stopping it worrying livestock.”

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