Livestock worrying campaign
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.’