A court has ordered a woman to pay £2,773 (approximately €3,220) in compensation after her dog worried livestock.
This was one of two detailed investigations into several livestock worrying incidents in the Bedchester area of North Dorset that police conducted recently.
According to a spokesperson for North Dorset police, two separate incidents resulted in the deaths of 12 sheep.
In a brief statement, regarding the aforementioned case, the spokesperson said: “A North Dorset woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of being the owner of a dog that worried livestock and has been ordered to pay a total of £2773 compensation at a hearing at Poole Magistrates’ Court.”
“The incidents had a significant impact on the local community, with persons actively looking to take matters into their own hands and shoot the dog involved.”
“Officers worked with the family and an animal rescue centre and facilitated the dog being rehomed with an appropriate responsible owner in another part of the country, away from any livestock,” the spokesperson concluded.
Importance of responsible dog ownership
Graeme Hall ‘The Dogfather’ and Warwickshire Rural Crime Team have featured in a video to highlight the importance of responsible dog ownership.
NFU Online released the video on its Facebook page on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, with the caption: ‘Your dog might think they’re playing, but it could cause sheep to have heart failure’.
In the clip, Hall said: “Sheep worrying has always been quite a big problem, and I think there is a real feeling that it is on the increase.”
“I think there is a bit of a problem with the term sheep worrying because we just think worrying, well that is not very much.”
“Alternatively, we say sheep attacks, and then, perhaps, I think people are inclined to think well, no, my little Fluffapoo could never possibly attack a sheep.”
“But it does not need for a dog to attack a sheep in order to kill them. They actually get stressed out. Their hearts give out even when a dog is just running after them, in the dog’s mind, to play.” Hall added.