Live­stock wor­ry­ing cam­paign

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

PO­LICE Scot­land and its part­ners have launched an au­tumn live­stock wor­ry­ing cam­paign.

The month-long ini­tia­tive is to raise aware­ness among dog own­ers about the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of live­stock wor­ry­ing.

It co­in­cides with a rise in live­stock at­tacks by dogs dur­ing Novem­ber, a time when sheep are brought down to low-ly­ing pas­ture, in ar­eas more ac­ces­si­ble by peo­ple ex­er­cis­ing their dogs or by dogs that are al­lowed to roam free.

The Scot­tish Part­ner­ship Against Ru­ral Crime, a multi-agency part­ner­ship which in­cludes Po­lice Scot­land, Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union of Scot­land and Scot­tish Land and Es­tates, is work­ing with Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble dog walk­ing.

In­spec­tor Jane Don­ald­son said: ‘Dog must en­sure they are un­der con­trol at all times and avoid live­stock.

‘The Scot­tish Out­door Ac­cess Code says dogs shouldn’t be taken into fields where there are lambs or other young farm an­i­mals.’

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