Dog owners warned by police after incident of sheep 'worrying'

The incident occurred in Brodick on the Isle of Arran prompting police to issues guidance to dog walkers.

Dog owners warned by police after incident of sheep ‘worrying’ on Isle of Arran Pixabay

Police on the Isle of Arran have issued a warning over the danger of sheep worrying.

Following a recent incident which occurred on Brodick, officers have urged dog walkers to ensure they take responsibility for their pet when off a lead.

In a statement, police in Ayrshire said: “Following a recent incident in Brodick, police are reminding dog owners of the law around livestock.

“’Worrying’ is the phrase used when a dog attacks or worries livestock in rural and farmland areas.  This usually occurs in the countryside when dogs are off leads or roaming without an owner or person in charge of them.

“Whilst many owners are unaware of their dogs’ impact on livestock, it is their responsibility to ensure attacks and worrying don’t happen.

“Police Scotland Ayrshire is committed to tackling rural crime – particularly livestock attacks and worrying. 

“We chair, drive and focus activities for Ayrshire Partnership Against Rural Crime APARC – proactively preventing, tackling and reducing rural crime with our multi-agency partners, including NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, Scottish Crofting Federation and NFU Mutual.

“Call 999 if a crime is ongoing and animals are being injured. To report a crime that isn’t ongoing, call 101 or submit an online Contact Us form.”

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