Gloucestershire Police uges people to keep control of pets after 10 sheep are killed in Alderley
4:05pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Cotswolds news
Gloucestershire Police is, once again, making an urgent plea to dog owners to ensure they keep their pets under control.
The message comes after ten sheep were killed or injured by dogs that were being walked by their owners across a field at a farm in Alderley near Wotton-Under-Edge on Friday, October 25.
Following the incident PC Di Butler, is reiterating the Constabulary’s message to dog owners to be cautious when walking through farm land.
She said: “Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pet under control and these terrible incidents should act as a stark reminder as to why there is legislation in place outlining that dog owners must keep their animal under close control.
“Losing these animals can have a hugely detrimental effect on a farm owner’s livelihood; one ram killed in these incidents was brought in to increase stock and will now have to be replaced at great expense.”
Landowners also have the right, as a last resort, to shoot any dog worrying their livestock.
“We would hate for any animal to be injured, or worse killed, when it could be so easily avoided,” added PC Butler. “Whilst pet dogs are usually harmless and obedient their natural instinct is to chase other animals.
“We by no means want to stop dog walkers from enjoying the beautiful countryside our county has to offer but we do want to remind them of their responsibility to keep their pet under control when out and about.”
Anyone with any information about the incident or knows who the owner of the dogs might be is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 269 of October 25.