Livestock worrying warning from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has appealed to dog owners to help prevent attacks on sheep and other livestock.

Dog worrying, especially during lambing season, is a very serious concern for farmers.

Along with physical attacks, chasing of livestock by dogs can also be considered as worrying if it causes suffering to animals or a financial loss to their owner.

Farmers can be faced with the loss of valuable stock including unborn lambs, veterinary care costs and damage to property.

While the vast majority of dogs are well looked after and are friendly family pets, all dogs have the potential to inflict injury and to worry livestock. Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Dog Warden Service is reminding dog owners to act responsibly by ensuring their pet is under control at all times and kept secure at night.

Dog Wardens have the authority to seize any dog (of any type and breed) suspected of being involved in worrying or attacking livestock.

Owners may be prosecuted for any offences and a court may order the dog to be destroyed. A civil case may also be brought by the farmer for any financial loss suffered.

Anyone who witnesses a sheep worrying incident or an attack on livestock is encouraged to inform the Dog Warden by telephoning 028 2766 0233 or email environmentalhealth@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk. All cases will be responded to and investigated.

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