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43 sheep killed in 'dog attacks' on Bodmin Moor

43 sheep killed in 'dog attacks' on Bodmin Moor

Published by Emma Carton at 7:48am 4th March 2020. (Updated at 11:26am 4th March 2020)

43 sheep have been killed as a result of dog attacks on Bodmin Moor in the space of a year.

Devon and Cornwall Police say another 36 were injured in 2019.

The force has released the figures as it launches a crackdown on so-called livestock worrying.

Owners are being reminded of the rules about keeping pets on leads.

Did you know there are certain times of the year where doing that is the law?

Scroll down to read all the advice on preventing livestock worrying, including when and where to control your dogs.

Why is livestock worrying important?

You are responsible for your dog. Livestock worrying is a crime and livestock that are chased or attacked by dogs are frequently killed or injured. This has a financial and emotional impact on all concerned and can effect the livestock long after the incident has taken place. Action may be taken against you and your dog.

What do you need to do?

Ensure responsible dog ownership. Dogs should not be unaccompanied outside of the home and their behaviour should be managed at all times. On access land your dog MUST be on a lead between the 1st of March and 31st July and at all times when livestock is present.

How can you prevent livestock worrying?

  • Enjoy the countryside but keep your dog on a lead if livestock is present. Release your dog if chased by cattle.
  • Livestock worrying taking place at the time is considered an emergency, dial 999 and explain there is a dog attacking livestock with a precise location.
  • Livestock owners can advise dog walkers by giving clear notices advising of the presence of livestock, Location of footpaths and appropriate fencing.
  • Email 101@dc.police.uk if livestock has been chased or attacked and the dogs have left the location.
  • Farmers have the right to protect their livestock. Ensure you are aware of the legislation and your legal responsibilities.

Source: Devon and Cornwall Police.

You can read more advice about livestock worrying on the Devon and Cornwall Police website here.

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