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Do you walk your dog near livestock?

By Parish Clerk Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

Monday, 21 March 2022


Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Contributor


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.

Kind Regards,


Laura Langridge

Crime Prevention PCSO 46061212

Community Safety Unit| Ashford Police Station | East Division

Contact Information

Parish Clerk

  • 07419 740559

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