Prevention of livestock worrying

Prevention of Livestock Worrying Spring Initiative - 1 February - 31 May 2018

Police Scotland - Prevention of Livestock Worrying Spring Initiative: 1 February - 31 May 2018


The worrying of sheep by domestic dogs not only has the obvious financial impact on farmers when livestock is killed or injured but the day to day effect on the animals themselves, their productivity and welfare meaning that this is a serious issue in the farming community. The Scottish Partnership against Rural Crime (SPARC) has identified the worrying of livestock as one of the key issues impacting on rural / agricultural communities in Scotland.

Analysis of sheep worrying crimes shows that incidents start to peak in February through to end May, coinciding with the main lambing season. At this time the pregnant ewes and then their new born lambs are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks. This is also a key time for any sheep farming business and any loss or injury to stock has a significant financial impact.  As such, a more robust proactive approach will be adopted, working in partnership with the farming community, local residents and dog owners is required during this period.

This initiative has support from Scottish Natural Heritage from a responsible outdoor access perspective, National Farmers Union Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and The Scottish Kennel Club.

During this campaign, Police Scotland will aim, with the help of it's partners to;

prevent further instances of sheep / livestock worrying during this period

educate dog owners regarding their responsibilities, the effects of dogs worrying livestock and promote a better understanding of impact on the farming community

enforce legislation robustly ensuring all reported cases of sheep worrying are thoroughly investigated and offenders reported to the Procurator Fiscal

Signage & Advice for Farmers can be found at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Access-management-guidance/signs
Advice for dog walkers can be found at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Practical-guide/public/dog-walking
Please show respect and consideration to your local farmers' livestock at this highly sensitive time of year.
In the past week, we have charged and reported one man and his dog in Strachur for sheep worrying - chasing pregnant sheep. A Dog Control Notice has also been issued to the dog owner, in collaboration with Argyll & Bute Council.
Please let this be the last in Argyll & West Dunbartonshire.
Donald MacKay
PC L537
Rural Watch Co-Ordinator / Wildlife Crime Officer
Argyll & West Dunbartonshire

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Donald MacKay (Police, Constable, Argyll and West Dumbartonshire)


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