Dog owners warned after sheep savaged

Monday, 24th October 2011

People in Hampshire have been warned to keep their pets on their dog collars and leads after a number of sheep were savaged in the area.

Seven sheep were attacked in Ludgershall's Crawlboys Lane on October 7th and the owner of the dog now faces prosecution, reports

However, the owner may also see their pet shot on sight, as the police have warned it is a farmers right to do so.

Inspector Christian Lange, of Tidworth police, told the news provider that people must realise the impact a stray dog can have on a flock of sheep, as well as the implications it has for farmers.

"It is worth reminding dog owners that farmers can shoot dogs in their fields if they have been worrying sheep or other livestock as long as they later report the incident to us," he is quoted as saying."

The Swindon Advertiser also recently reported that owners around Barnbury Castle have been warned to keep pets on leads, as a dog killed two of farmer Andy Orton's sheep.