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Sheep Worrying Incident in Sherborne

Alert message sent 31/12/2019 14:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

An incident of sheep worrying has occurred at a farm in the area of Goat Hill, Sherborne.

This incident occurred sometime between 11am on 25th December and 1030am the following morning. Two ewes were found in a distressed state and had to be destroyed as each of them had had a leg chewed off. It is also likely that some of the other ewes in the flock may abort their lambs due to shock.

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 are a dog owner please ensure your dog is on a lead whenever it is near livestock. At this time of year farmers may move livestock between fields so be extremely mindful to check.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact Dorset Police via our ‘Do It Online’ portal here: or by telephoning the Dorset Police non-emergency number 101 and quoting Dorset police incident number 26:0081

If a crime is in progress dial 999

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

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