I attended a roundtable event in Parliament on Tuesday where North Wales Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Crime and Rural Affairs demonstrated to MPs the issue of livestock thefts and worrying.
The police were calling on the public to help support their campaign to think carefully about how they interact around livestock. The true extent of livestock worrying and livestock attacks still requires a lot more research and understanding. The police are urging the public to contact them when they see livestock worrying or thefts to bring this crime under control.
Livestock worrying is an offence committed by anyone who owns, or is in charge of a dog which worries livestock. The term worrying means:
• Attacking livestock;
• Chasing livestock in such a way as may be reasonably expected to cause injury or suffering; in the case of ewes. This includes abortion or loss or reduction in the number of offspring;
• Not having a dog on a lead or under close control when close by, or in a field or enclosure with livestock.
The police want people with dogs to ensure their animals are on a lead and that livestock owners ensure that their boundaries are secure. If anyone sees any of these incidents they should contact either the 101 or 999 numbers. Read more “Livestock worrying and attacks”