Livestock Worrying Crime Reduction
A Police Scotland co-ordinated rural campaign has seen livestock worrying drop by nearly 40% during the spring lambing season compared to last year. The three month campaign saw 43 reported incidents. Like last year, most incidents involved only one dog and in 53% of cases this year, the offending dog was local to the area, roaming free or otherwise not under proper control.
Sheep are almost always the animals affected and in 86% of cases livestock was either injured or died as a result of the incident.
This third yearly campaign has also led to an increase in criminal prosecutions with almost three times as many people convicted of livestock worrying offences and direct measure penalties increasing threefold in 2016 compared to 2015.
NFU Scotland, Scottish Lands and Estates, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Kennel Club have all worked with Police Scotland to raise awareness of this crime, encourage farmers to report incidents and to educate dog owners.
Farmers are being encouraged to help walkers by indicating alternative routes avoiding enclosures with livestock and to report all incidents of livestock worrying to Police Scotland including occasions where there has been a near miss.
Further information is available on the Police Scotland website: www.scotland.police.uk at latest news.
Contact details: Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, 999 in an emergency and if you have information on a crime you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.