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Sheep Attacked in Holwell

Alert message sent 24/01/2019 11:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Sometime between 1pm on Tuesday the 22nd and 8am on Wednesday the 23rd of January three sheep were attacked by what is presumed to be a dog. The attack left two sheep dead and one still alive with one of its legs nearly completely severed. The third sheep had to be put down.

This incident occurred in the Stony Lane area of Holwell, and Sherborne Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team is requesting that any person who has information about this attack should contact Dorset Police.

Livestock worrying is a criminal offence under the Protection of Livestock Act 1953 and does not require an animal to be injured. Allowing a dog to be off a lead or otherwise not under close control in a field or enclosure of sheep is an offence.

The penalty for livestock worrying can be six months' imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £1,000

If you saw this incident or if you have any information that may assist the police in identifying the dog owner, please contact Dorset Police via the Dorset Police ‘Do It Online’ portal here:

You can also call our non-emergency telephone  number 101 and quote Dorset Police incident number 23:0079

PCSO 6269 Jones
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Mark Jones (Dorset Police, PCSO 6269, Sherborne Rural)

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