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Warning after dogs kill sheep
12:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
POLICE are warning dog owners using Savernake Forest to keep dogs on a lead after attacks on sheep.
Two sheep were killed and another had to be humanely put down because of the injuries it sustained as a result of two separate attacks on August 26 and 27.
PC Jeremy Batchelor said: “These attacks have resulted in not only a financial loss to the owner but also the upset of his animals being killed.
“Ultimately all that is being asked is that dogs are kept on a lead and under control at all times to prevent further incidents.
“These have not been isolated cases – in April a dog was shot and killed by a landowner after it was found mauling a sheep in a neighbouring field.
“Under the current legislation, owners of livestock can take action against dogs that are worrying livestock and the dog owners are also liable for vets’ costs.
“Whilst most landowners would not want to use force against another animal, the legislation does support lethal action in certain circumstances.
“The Savernake estate has placed additional signs at prominent locations within the forest warning dog owners.
“Hopefully these warnings will prevent further incidents in the future.”
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