Sheep Worrying in Yetminster

Alert message sent 09/09/2020 15:11:00

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An incident of sheep worrying has occurred in Yetminster. At approximately 3.45pm on Thursday the 3rd of September two dogs described as a brown & white spaniel, and a larger darker dog with pointed ears were observed worrying sheep in a field. Fortunately, a dog belonging to the owner of the sheep chased the other dogs away before they could do any harm.

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.

Sherborne Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to remind all dog owners to ensure their dog is on a lead whenever it is near livestock.

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

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