A reminder to all dog owners
who live or walk their dogs in the countryside, that they must act responsibly and keep their dogs under close control. This is particularly important at this time of the year when sheep farms are busy with spring lambs. Pregnant ewes and then new born lambs are particularly vulnerable at this time of year and a dog attacking, chasing or even being at large in a field where sheep are kept can lead to significant injury and often leads to the sheep being killed or destroyed.
To protect the livestock, the farmer has the right to kill the offending dog. Additionally, under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, the owner and the person in charge of a dog can be charged with an offence and if convicted be fined up to £1000 and made to pay a compensation order.