CAUTION: some readers may find the image in this article distressing
Last week, Cheshire’s rural police team was called to investigate a livestock worrying offence, and today (Monday 1st March) posted an update on social media with details of an appeal to trace the owner of a ‘red’ coloured dog.
Sgt Simpson said: “On Wednesday 24th February 2021, 13 sheep died after being chased into the field ditches. They were all heavily pregnant with twins.
“We’d like to speak to the owner of the ‘red’ coloured dog that was seen to be chasing the sheep in the fields off the A56 near to Sutton Hall Golf Club site.
“Someone knows the dog and owner involved. Please contact 101 if you are the dog owner or if you know who the dog owner is.”
In a post shared over the weekend, Sgt Simpson said: “This morning my team are en route to do some enquiries in relation to 13 sheep that have died as a result of a livestock worrying offence.
“The name of the crime literally does it no justice.
“This is an incredibly easy crime to avoid, by just simply keeping your dog on a lead.
“We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve posted about the subject, but we will continue to raise it, as we hope some will take note.
“This spring when we are likely to see restrictions lifted, more dogs will be heading into the countryside.
“Unfortunately, just at lambing time and also ground nesting time for some birds. The damage that could be done to our livestock industry could be huge and the impact to the wildlife, very significant.
“Remember, when we interview people, they always say ‘my dog has never done this before’
“You and your dog can end up with restrictions placed on you, including as in one of our cases, not being able to go in any field without the landowners prior permission.
“Please don’t let your dog pay the ultimate price because of your actions.
“There is a legal defence to shoot a dog which is worrying livestock. In Cheshire two dogs have sadly lost their lives in recent times.”