We have issued advice to dog owners after two sheep were killed in Whitchurch.
On Wednesday, December 21, we received a report that a sheep had been killed in a field off London Road.
The sheep had injuries consistent with that of a dog attack.
It follows a similar incident in the same area that took place five days previously.
It is an offence contrary to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 to allow a dog to worry livestock whilst on agricultural land.
Our advice to dog owners walking their pets on agricultural land is to:
• Keep your dog in sight at all times
• Ensure your dog does not stray off the path or area to which you have right of access
• Ensure that dogs are kept on a lead (of two metres or less) at all times when near livestock.
PC Vincent Lane, of Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch team, said: “Such incidents are entirely preventable and whilst I would never discourage dog owners from enjoying the countryside, I would ask that dog owners follow best practice while walking in the countryside to prevent any further unnecessary suffering and loss.”
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call 101 quoting 44160479802.