Do you walk your dog near livestock?
Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council
Please see the message below from Kent Police with some good tips if you walk a dog near livestock.
Good Afternoon Boughton Aluph & Eastwell
Do you walk your dog in a rural location?...
Spring is upon us, ewe's may be pregnant / had their lambs and may become territorial. It is an offence for a dog to worry livestock on agricultural land, under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953. Livestock means cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses or poultry (including fowls, turkeys, geese and ducks).
- Dogs who are ordinarily calm and focussed can become distracted and behave differently when in a rural environment where their sense of smell and chase instinct are easily stimulated.
- Plan ahead before walking in the countryside. Take treats with you to keep your dog focused and serve as a distraction if they become interested in livestock.
- Keep your dog under control at all times
- Don’t pass between and separate adult sheep or cows from their young. They may act aggressively to protect their lambs or calves.
Crime Prevention PCSO 46061212
Community Safety Unit| Ashford Police Station | East Division
- 07419 740559
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