Rural Police East Devon raising awareness of Livestock Worrying

    East Devon’s Rural Police Team have been out and about this morning putting up information about livestock worrying. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead around livestock but let go if chased by cattle. Statistics illustrate the sad situation for farmers, who have to deal with the emotional distress of discovering badly injured and dead animals and the financial loss.

    Rural Police East Devon

    East Devon’s Rural Police Team have been out and about this morning putting up information about livestock worrying.
    Please remember to keep your dog on a lead around livestock but let go if chased by cattle
    .
    Statistics illustrate the sad situation for farmers, who have to deal with the emotional distress of discovering badly injured and dead animals and the financial loss.
    The increase in the number of people getting out into the countryside to enjoy walks during lockdown has prompted warnings for farmers ahead of this lambing season.
    Sheep and livestock worrying is a serious issue that can be very distressing for farmers and livestock owners, who depend on these animals for their income.
    Worrying is chasing or attacking in a way that may cause injury, suffering and/or pregnant sheep to abort their lambs and it is an offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.
    It is in a dogs nature no matter how placid they may be to chase and if sheep are chased they become distressed and their instinct is to run, often resulting in horrific injury or death. Dog owners must remember to keep their dogs under control and on a lead around farm animals and wildlife.

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