Livestock Worrying

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Livestock worrying is a significant and increasing issue for our farmers across Wiltshire. It occurs if a dog is not kept under proper control and is dangerous. Generally a dog is regarded as not being under proper control if it is neither on a lead nor muzzled as defined in the Dogs (protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

Livestock worrying is traditionally thought of as a dog biting/attacking livestock but it also means:
Chasing livestock in such a way as may be reasonably expected to cause injury or suffering; in the case of ewes, this includes abortion or loss or reduction in the number of offspring she has
Not having a dog on a lead or under close control when close by, or in a field or enclosure with livestock.
We are asking dog owners to be responsible when out enjoying our countryside. Keep ALL dogs on a lead around any livestock.

New measures to crackdown on livestock worrying are to be introduced in England and Wales through The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill that is currently working its way through Parliament. This will provide police with improved powers and in the most serious cases seize and detain dogs where the dog may pose an ongoing risk. The Bill also increases the scope of livestock species and locations covered by the current law: emus, llamas, enclosed deer and donkeys are to be included. Locations will include roads and paths provided the livestock have not strayed into a road.
If you see a dog worrying or attacking livestock call 999 or report online at or call 101 after an occurrence.
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Monique Beasley (Police, PCSO, CPT Royal Wotton Bassett)

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