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Woman charged by police after dog kills sheep on farm

A 49-year-old woman has been charged after a sheep was killed in a dog attack on a farm.

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The woman was charged with sheep worrying after a sheep died at a farm in Rumbling Bridge, Perthshire on Friday, February 16.

 

Police advised all dog owners to keep pets under control at all times while walking in the countryside.

 

A police spokesman said: "We would like to remind dog owners and people walking dogs in the countryside to keep their animals under control.


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"The vast majority of livestock worrying incidents involve sheep and can occur when a dog attacks, chases or in the case of sheep, is at large in a field where livestock is kept.

 

"The devastating effects of a dog attack are evident and cannot be overstated but significant damage can also be caused by a dog simply being present in a field.

 

"Pregnant ewes can abort their lambs or lambs can be separated from their mothers, causing distress and in some cases malnutrition."

Livestock farmers have been blighted by about £1.6 million in costs from dog attacks on livestock with the total for 2017 peaking at record level.

 

Shocking new figures revealed seven per cent of dog owners admitted to letting their pets chase farm animals in rural areas and a further 60 per cent said they allowed their pets to roam off the lead when around livestock.

 

Experts at NFU Mutual said this type of behaviour had contributed to a 67 per cent jump in claims over the last two years.

 

In the same period, costs more than quadrupled in Scotland and almost doubled in the Midlands.

 

Rural affairs specialist Tim Price said attacks by dogs were livestock farmers’ ‘worst nightmares’.

 

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