I am sorry to have to report that yesterday morning the body of a ewe was found between Bishops Court Farm and the backs of the houses on Abingdon Road. Her throat had been badly bitten and ripped open, probably by a dog.
I have been asked to circulate the standard Police advice about Livestock worrying by dogs and this is below.
The Farm has also asked me to point out that although some residents and visitors to the village may not like the signs that they keep putting up (but which continue to be ripped down!), they are there for the safety of the livestock and the public.
Geoff Russell, Parish Clerk
Livestock worrying is becoming an increasing issue especially now that spring has arrived and the lambing season is well under way. It is important that dogs are kept under control to protect the livestock as well as you and your pet.
Livestock that are killed or injured as the result of an out of control dog is a criminal offence. During such attacks dogs can be injured too.
There are simple ways to keep both your pet and livestock safe.
Keep your dog on a lead – Dog walkers that use open access land must keep their dog on a short lead (a maximum of two metres) between 1 March and 31 July. If near livestock this applies at all times.
Stick to paths and public rights of way – Often areas of private land may have footpaths running through them. Mostly, these paths are to the edge of fields to minimise disruption to any livestock in that area, it is important to follow these paths.
Look out for and follow signs – Most land owners will display simple ‘Keep your dog on a lead’ signs, however, at this time of year, some livestock owners restrict access to their land to protect their animals. It is important to follow this advice.
Even well behaved dogs can cause stress and disruption to livestock.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is under control at all times.
For more information on this issue and ways to report rural crime, please visit the Thames Valley Police website.
Message Sent By
J Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)
Posted on May 2, 2018 in Events in and around Dorchester