Dog owners warned over sheep worrying after landowner is subjected to abuse
Humberside Police is asking dog walkers to follow the Countryside Code when taking their pets out and about in rural areas.
People are being urged to keep their dogs on leads when they are crossing fields containing livestock and to keep their animals under control.
Officers received a report from a landowner who had reason to speak to a dog walker due to his three dogs being off the lead and disturbing his sheep.
Unfortunately the landowner was subjected to abuse from the dog walker when asked to put his dogs back on the lead.
A police spokesman said: “It is an offence for your dog to worry livestock on agricultural land and as part of the Countryside Code. Whenever you take your dog into the outdoors you must ensure it does not disturb any wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control.
“This includes keeping your dog on a lead, in sight at all times, and confident it will return to you promptly and ensuring it does not stray off the path or area you have right of access.
“Please co-operate and respect the farmers at work in the countryside.
“You may be liable to prosecution if livestock is attacked or chased by your dog not under close control.”
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