Dog own­ers warned over horse at­tacks

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Horses are be­ing at­tacked or ha­rassed by out of con­trol dogs al­most “ev­ery day” in Scot­land, it has been claimed.

A multi-agency cam­paign was launched this week by the Scot­tish Part­ner­ship Against Ru­ral Crime.

The cam­paign, called Your Dog – Your Responsibility, aims to high­light the im­pact of at­tacks on live­stock and other an­i­mals by out of con­trol dogs. He­lene Mauchlen, of the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety, said: “We have seen a marked in­crease in at­tacks on rid­den horses, horses in their fields and even, oc­ca­sion­ally, in their sta­bles.

“The horse is a prey an­i­mal and the dog is a preda­tor, and dogs have an in­stinct to chase.

“A horse at­tacked by a dog is usu­ally trau­ma­tised for­ever.”

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