Pregnant sheep dies from dog-worrying stress
Dogs need to be keep under control by their owners, police have warned after a sheep died from stress.
Gloucestershire Police are making another appeal following the incident in the county where two dogs were seen chasing livestock.
At around 12:05pm on Sunday, January 27, the two dark grey Husky or Alsatian dogs were seen running from the forest part of Chosen Hill down into the fields of a farm on Stump Lane in Hucclecote and chasing the sheep.
One of the sheep was pregnant and is believed to have died from the stress of being chased, which has been seen before in similar incidents.
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One of the dogs was wearing a red harness but the owner was not seen.
PC Di Butler said: "Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pet under control and this incident should act as a stark reminder as to why there is legislation in place outlining that dog owners must keep their animal under close control.
"Losing their livestock can have a hugely detrimental effect on a farm owner's livelihood. Landowners also have the right, as a last resort, to shoot any dog worrying their livestock – so these owners are also putting their beloved pet at unnecessary risk."
"We would hate for any animal to be injured, or worse killed, when it could be so easily avoided. Whilst pet dogs are usually harmless and obedient their natural instinct is to chase other animals.
"We by no means want to stop dog walkers from enjoying the beautiful countryside our county has to offer but we do want to remind them of their responsibility to keep their pet under control when out and about."