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Sheep worrying

Sheep Worrying And Advice For Dog Owners

With lambing season approaching, the following advice is particularly important but it applies all year round:-
Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control at all times and dogs should be kept on a close lead when anywhere near livestock. It is particularly important at lambing time for owners to keep dogs well away from sheep because even just the sight of a dog in the distance can be enough to panic sheep and scare them away from their lambs.
It is a criminal offence for dogs to be allowed to attack or chase livestock. It is also an offence for dogs to be at large (i.e. not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field in which there are sheep. Dog owners can be prosecuted and fined up to £1000. Dog owners can also be held financially liable for damages done by a dog.
Please enjoy the beautiful countryside of Argyll & Bute responsibly.  If you wish to learn more about responsible access to the countryside, visit

Farmers and Land Owners
If you are concerned about dog walkers entering on to your land with their dogs and possibly attacking or distressing your Livestock, awareness/warning signs are available from Lochgilphead Police Station. To obtain signs, please contact PC Ben Rusden at Lochgilphead via 101 or email him at
Sergeant Iain MacNicol 
Police Scotland 
Lochnell Street
PA31 8JJ
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