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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Dog owner charged in connection with sheep worrying offence

A dog owner has been charged following a sheep worrying incident in Scotland.

Around 10 am last Saturday (June 26th), Police were called to the Balmaha area following reports of a dog loose in a field chasing lambs and sheep.

Dog owner charged

According to police, members of the public, were able to capture the dog and bring it under control, witnessed the incident.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Forth Valley Police Division, said:

“Thankfully, on this occasion, the livestock do not appear to be injured. However, the stress caused to the animals may still lead to other trauma.”

“The owner of the dog was later traced and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for an offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act.”

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Police stated that they will continue to take a “robust approach” to any reports of livestock attacks.

“Dog owners are urged to be vigilant and exercise their dogs responsibly and in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.”

Jersey cow and calf killed

Meanwhile, police have launched an investigation after a Jersey cow with a calf were killed in a dog attack.

The incident occurred in Dorset in the UK between June 14th and June 21st, 21st.

A spokesperson for East Dorset Police said: “Sadly, we have to report another dog attack on livestock.”

“This occurred between June 14th and June 21st in a field behind the High Street in Shapwick.”

“The cow was a Jersey cow, 11-years-old and with calf. Neither has survived.”

Police have appealed to the public for information.

Cow’s death after dog attack prompts call for law change   

A farmer is calling on the public to sign a petition to support Gladis’ Law.

It seeks to change legislation to make it mandatory to keep dogs on leads when walking near livestock.

The campaign is the result of the death of Gladis, a Highland cow, which, along with her full-time unborn calf, were killed by “two dogs off their lead”.

The incident occurred on Eggardon Hill in Dorset on May 26th, 2021, as reported by us.


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