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Farmer shoots dog after it killed 10 of his sheep

Police are urging dog owners to keep their dogs on leads after another dog has been shot for worrying livestock.

Alice   Singleton

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The Alsation was shot after killing 10 of the farmer's sheep
The Alsation was shot after killing 10 of the farmer's sheep

A Gloucestershire farmer has shot a dog which worried and killed 10 of his sheep.

 

The incident happened at about 2:15am on Saturday April 23 in Wotton Under Edge.

 

A spokesperson from Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "The dog, an Alsatian, was shot during the incident by the livestock owner, which is entitled under the circumstances.

 

Compensation

 

"The dog’s owner has been traced and an agreement between the livestock owner and dog owner is being arranged in regards to compensation and damages."

 

In light of this incident, police continue to advise dog walkers to always keep their dogs on a lead when crossing farm land, to stay to the designated footpath or right of way and to ensure that all gates are properly secured after they have been used.

 

Earlier this month, Farmers Guardian spoke to Welsh sheep farmer, Gareth Wyn Jones who said the key to tacking livestock worrying is education.

 

Education

He said: "We have to go back to education. It is ridiculous that people still do not know the difference between going for a walk with their dog on a lead, and going for a walk without a lead.

 

"Shooting dogs is the absolute last straw.

 

"As farmers, we don’t want to be going round shooting dogs. We are all animal lovers and if they are anything like me, they spend more time with their sheep dogs than they do their family."

 


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Top Tips

FG Take The Lead campaign

FG Take The Lead campaign

With sponsorship from The Original Muck Boot Company, Farmers Guardian has been working alongside the British Veterinary Association and the National Sheep Association to raise awareness of dog attacks via its Take the Lead campaign.

 

We have thousands of livestock worrying signs which you can nail to gateposts or fence posts near footpaths to highlight the problem to walkers.

 

If you would like some of these signs, please send astamped, self-addressed A4 envelope to:

 

FG Take the Lead,

Farmers Guardian,

Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park,

Preston,

Lancashire,

PR2 9NZ.

 

You will need at least three First Class or Second Class stamps on to cover postage costs. We will be able send up to 25 signs.

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