Keep your dog under effective control

With the arrival of lambing season and following numerous dog attacks on livestock Ilfracombe Police are asking that care and attention is taken controlling your dog in and around areas with sheep and livestock.

Dogs by nature may want to play or chase livestock which may unwittingly cause harm.

They are also reminding people that sheep worrying is an offence. It is legal for landowners to shoot dogs to protect their livestock providing there was no other way of stopping the dog worrying their animals and they report the killing to the police within 48 hours.

Livestock also includes domestic fowl, geese or ducks.

Countryside Online have issued this reminder on their website:

Your dog might be extremely docile and friendly, but we have to remember that farm animals won’t know that. It’s best to keep your dog on a lead and under close control around livestock. Farm animals can be very protective, especially at certain times of the year such as tupping and bulling time when male and female animals are mixing, once animals have become pregnant, or after calves or lambs have been born.

Advice for dog walkers when walking amongst sheep has also been issued by the National Farmers Union in this video