Dog walkers warned to take more care after an increase in livestock deaths due to dog attacks
2:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
DOG owners are being urged to keep their pets under control after recent findings revealed a surge in the number of livestock killed and injured by dogs.
Leading insurer NFU Mutual said dog walkers had to be more responsible when exercising their animals near livestock and horses after a survey by Farmers’ Guardian which showed dog attacks on livestock increased from 691 in 2011 to 739 in 2012.
Sheep attacks were most frequent but there have been 450 reports of dogs attacking horses since November 2010.
Dogs should always be kept on leads around livestock, and in sight at all other times, except in the rare occasion that an animal charges, in which case the dog should be turned loose to give both owner and dog the best chance of escape.