Police in Cheshire has launched an investigation after a dog attacked a herd of cows.
According to PC Moss of Cheshire Police Rural Crime Teams, most of the cows that the dog chased and worried are in-calf.
The incident occurred in the southeast of the county earlier today (Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022).
He said he has spent today preserving and securing various evidence in relation to this particular livestock incident.
In a statement, PC Moss provided further details about the incident.
Moss said: “A dog has panicked them [cows] into falling, bursting fences and gates, thereby causing injury. Even the uninjured cows are stressed, and milk yield has plunged.”
He said that livestock worrying encompasses attack but can include more.
He highlighted that dogs do not necessarily need to physically bite and attack livestock to cause “significant” injury and harm or even shock and death.
“Some dogs may, on occasion, think they are having fun, but livestock never want to play. The farmer summoned assistance to have the dog lawfully shot. But on this occasion, the dog was secured prior to that necessity.”
“With the prevailing weather finally improving and the mercury rising, our rural footfall is soaring.”
“Please remember to stick to the footpaths & keep your dogs under close control: ideally leashed and muzzled in the countryside,” he concluded.
Dog shot, and lamb left with ‘significant’ injury
Last week, we reported that a dead dog and a lamb with a “significant” injury are the results of a livestock worrying attack, which occurred in Cheshire.
On Sunday, March 13th, 2022, a dog broke free of its lead and went on to worry several sheep, injuring one. The lamb sustained bite marks to its nose and under its chin.
According to Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team, the owner witnessed the “horrific” incident and attempted to recall the dog.
Simpson explained that the dog would not return, despite the owner’s and farmer’s “numerous” attempts.