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Call to keep dogs on leads around livestock

Police are urging people to keep their dogs on a lead when walking through or near fields which have livestock in them. 

The appeal comes after an incident of sheep worrying which resulted in a lamb being killed. 

Insp Joanna Meakin of Derbyshire’s Rural Crime Team said: “The importance of having your dog under control and on a lead when walking through the countryside is vital for not only the safety of the livestock who are in the fields, but also for those walking through it.  

“The stress alone of being chased by a dog can kill livestock, and it can also be very distressing to discover a wounded animal for the farmer. 

“Injuries and fatalities can also have a real impact on rural livelihoods.” 

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 it is an offence to allow your dog to chase, attack, or be off their lead or under close control in a field or enclosure in which there are livestock. 

Insp Meakin added: “We would urge all dog owners and walkers to follow the Countryside Code, and in particular the advice on walking dogs responsibly near livestock and wildlife.” 

If you see an incident of livestock being injured, chased or have information about a dog being out of control, you can report it by contacting police on 101, via the website or by private or direct messages through their social media accounts or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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