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More than 50 sheep killed by dogs on Bodmin Moor

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:35am 22nd February 2019. (Updated at 11:58am 22nd February 2019)

Police have revealed 54 sheep have been killed by dogs on Bodmin Moor in a year.

Officers say the number of attacks and cases of livestock worrying have risen.

Since last April, 22 sheep have been injured and another 11 rescued after being chased over a quarry.

However, the force believes the number of attacks could be higher because many go unreported.

They say incidents can cause horrific injuries, the loss of unborn lambs and a devastating financial impact on farmers.

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Police have revealed more than 50 sheep have been killed by dogs on Bodmin Moor in the space of a year

"We are hoping by having a day of action, we will try and educate people to be more responsible when out about on Bodmin Moor.

"We don't want to stop people walking their dogs on the land but we want them to be aware of the consequences of what happens both to the livestock, and a dog should there be a report of livestock worrying.

"From the beginning of March until the end of July, dogs must be on a short lead at all times and at any time when there is livestock in the area this prevents any incidents and ensures the livestock and dog remains safe.

"If a person lets a dog chase or attack livestock then this is a criminal offence, and they may be prosecuted, they could receive a fine or a dog control order and in some circumstances a dog could be destroyed.

"Our day of action hopes to remind people of the law and these preventative measures and reduce the number of livestock worrying incidents".

PC Chris Collins, Cornwall Rural Affairs Officer

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Police are holding an action day to raise awareness about livestock worrying after a rise in attacks on Bodmin Moor

What action is being taken?

Police are holding an action day on Saturday 2nd March, to raise awareness.

The awareness events will be held at at Minions and Pensilva between 11am and 3pm.

What should I do if I witness livestock worrying?

All incidents of livestock worrying should be reported to the police by emailing 101 or by reporting the incident online.

If you witness an attack on livestock, do not intervene, keep yourself safe and call 999.

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