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Sheep Worrying by Dogs Advice

Alert message sent 25/10/2017 11:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Dear Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator / dog owner

Please pass onto members of your watch who are dog owners.

Farmers appreciate lots of people like their dog to enjoy the countryside with them, but as much of the UK’s rural landscape is maintained by grazing sheep there is always a strong chance you will encounter some while out with your dog.

Regretfully, two unattended and loose dogs who were worrying, and had attacked a flock, were dispatched by a farmer. This had happened on two occasions by the same dogs in the Dunsfold area. This was a very unfortunate and sad incident.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep. Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep.

How can the Public help to keep their dogs and livestock safe?

It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call. If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.

Contacting Police and Good Advice

Call 999 in an Emergency. Call 101 for all non-urgent matters.

You can contact CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800 555111.

Register you’re Property – on IMMMOBILISE, the national property register where you can record makes, models, serial numbers etc

Further Crime Prevention Advice can be found on the Surrey Police Web pages.

Encourage neighbours to sign up to In The Know, Surrey and Sussex for the latest crime updates, crime prevention advice and news in your area.

Please report any crimes, incidents or concerns direct to our contact centre at the time by calling 101 (in a non-emergency) or 999 if there’s an emergency (where a crime is in progress or life is in danger). You can also report non-emergency matters on-line, via the Surrey Police website.

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Phil Snow (Surrey Police, Rural Crime, Waverley)

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