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Dog Owner’s Reminder Over Livestock Worrying

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Dog owners across Highland Perthshire and Scotland are being remined that Livestock worrying is an offence that could see their animal destroyed as well as face a fine up to £40,000 or up to 12 months in jail.

Dog owners are being asked over this bank holiday weekend to keep dogs under control and on a lead and avoid livestock.

In March Police Scotland released guidance and a warning over Sheep worrying with Chief inspector Graham Binnie saying: “I would like to remind dog walkers of their responsibilities with regard to keeping their pets on a lead when they are near sheep.

“Dog owners have a clear responsibility to ensure their pets are under control and this is made clear in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, especially when there are pregnant ewes and young lambs in the fields.

“If your pets chase or worry sheep, you are likely to get prosecuted and you could lose your dog.”

He further went on to say that: “in some circumstances farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep. Therefore, it is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock.

“In the last few years there have been a number of prosecutions across Perth &Kinross under the Dogs (protection of Livestock) Act 1953 and several dogs have been destroyed; please make sure it’s not your dog.”

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