Today is the launch of this years livestock worrying campaign in Devon and Cornwall. Starting on Bodmin Moor today Rural affairs officer along with Police cadets, Special constables and local policing officers will be raising awareness of livestock worrying across the force area. In 2019 on Bodmin Moor alone 43 Sheep were killed as a result of dog attacks and 36 injured.
Why is this 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 this?
- 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(at)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.
- For more advice – www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/livestockworrying
Message Sent By:
Chris Collins (Police, Rural Crime Officer, Devon and Cornwall)