On Sunday, 1st November a dog was seen chasing the sheep in the field near the barns; it singled out a number of individual animals for attack before finally driving a considerable number of the sheep to break out of the field and on to Itchenor Road where they presented a hazard to road users and strayed into gardens where they were contained until the shepherd arrived. We are therefore taking the opportunity to remind dog walkers of their responsibilities.
The Countryside Code advises that you:-
- keep your dog on a lead, or
- keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command.
Furthermore, your dog must not worry, chase or attack livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry) on agricultural land so it is always best to keep your dog on a lead around livestock. If your dog does worry livestock:-
- the farmer has the right to stop your dog (even by shooting it in certain circumstances)
- you or the person in charge of the dog may be guilty of a criminal offence as well as being liable for the costs of any resultant injury/damage caused.