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Sheep worrying can be deadly

- Andy highlights the importance of keeping your dog under close control

Andy Harris

Posted by Andy Harris on 14 August 2012

Sheep worrying can be deadly A recently reported dead sheep found at Withyman’s Pool has been confirmed as being the victim of a dog attack.  This follows a series of reported cases, and is an issue that we need to highlight once again.


Over the years I’ve dealt with many cases of sheep worrying and it’s extremely frustrating as every single case is avoidable. I’m a dog owner myself and I’ve always got leads, the dogs are always under close control and if I have any doubt they’re straight back on a lead.  It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to worry livestock which also carries a £1000 fine plus a farmer or commoner is within their rights to shoot a dog that is worrying livestock, which no one wants.

Young lambs will be only a couple of months old, and still be extremely vulnerable. The vast majority of dog walkers I see on the hills take the issue of dog control very seriously but please can we all spread the word and lead by example so that we have no more repeat incidents. 

These animals are vulnerable and need protecting from attacks such as these.

thanks for your cooperation.





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    12 Jan 12

    Shame the “hunt” can’t be kept under control…

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    07 Mar 12

    Dog owners must be responsible in taking their dogs with them. It is on them to give a good example, dogs can be controlled with proper training and care of the owner. I hope that, that incident won’t happen again.

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