On 6th October on land surrounding Blackerton 3 sheep were found injured due to livestock worrying by a dog/s. As a result of their injuries 2 of the sheep had to be destroyed and hopefully one will survive. Immediately prior to the first lamb being found 2 unaccompanied black cocker spaniels were seen yards away and they ran off in the direction of Cruwys Ball Farm. Please contact PCSO Vicky Randle (Details below) if you have any information.
Livestock worrying letter
10TH October 2021
The local neighbourhood policing team have been made aware, by a local sheep farmer, that there has been an incident involving a dog attack on their sheep, CR/087146/21 refers. In this instance sheep died as a result of their injuries.
Can I please remind you, that as dog owners it is your responsibility to make sure that your dogs are not able to access fields where there are livestock and that it is a criminal offence to allow your dog to worry livestock.
The Definition is as follows:-
It is a criminal offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 if a person’s dog worries livestock on agricultural land. Worrying is defined as attacking livestock, chasing livestock in such a way that it may be reasonable to expect the dog to cause injury or suffering to livestock as well as abortion in female animals, and being at large (not under close control or on a lead) in a field or enclosure where there is livestock.
If you have any information regarding this incident, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Your co-operation in this matter is very much appreciated.
PCSO 30434 Vicky Randle
Tiverton Police station