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Warning to dog owners after sheep found dead in Odiham

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Warning to dog owners after sheep found dead in Odiham

Published at 1:27pm 23rd November 2017.

Police are reminding dog owners that it is a criminal offence if their dogs disturb livestock.

It comes after 16 sheep were found dead in a field in Odiham last Tuesday (November 7).

Officers say they did not have any visible injuries - but it is believed a dog had been on the field, and the sheep died from stress. 

Hampshire Constabulary is now reminding dog owners that they, or whoever is in control of the dog, can be  prosecuted if their pets disturb livestock.

Farmers can also shoot dogs to end an attack.

PC Vincent Lane, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch team, said: “I would like to remind dog owners of the importance of being in full control of their dog when in the countryside and around livestock and wild animals.

“Owners often voice surprise when their dog chases animals, but this is an innate part of a dog’s behaviour and they will instinctively chase and injure animals given the chance.

“Dogs worrying livestock is a criminal offence contrary to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

“In such incidents, livestock can be seriously injured or killed. It is also common for other animals witnessing this to die from shock.

“Dog owners should be aware that in such instances, the owner/person in control of the dog can be prosecuted, and the dog can be shot by the farmer to end an attack.”

Hampshire Constabulary's advice to dog owners is:

• Keep your dog on a lead when in a field with livestock
• If there is no livestock in the field, keep the dog in sight at all times, be aware of what it is doing, and be confident it will return to you promptly on command. If you cannot be confident of this, the dog should not be off the lead
• Ensure the dog does not stray off the path or area where you have right of access.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 101 quoting 44170433995.

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '44170433995', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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