As part of the Rural Crime Week of Action, we're reminding dog owners to be responsible and keep their pet under close control whilst enjoying the Derbyshire countryside.
“I never thought my dog would do something like this.”
“Not my dog, he loves sheep!”
Sadly, these are all conversations our officers have had with dog owners following a livestock worrying incident.
Livestock worrying covers attacking or chasing, even a dog chasing livestock such as sheep can cause injury, stress and even death.
The law requires dogs to be under ‘close control’ when around livestock. It’s important to remember that a dog will be able to sniff out and spot livestock much quicker than humans. By keeping your dog close, ideally on a lead, you can prevent the stress, cost and trauma that can be caused for all involved after an incident of livestock worrying.
All dogs, no matter the breed, size, or normal temperament, have the instinct to become a predator around animals like sheep, cows and chickens.