Police are warning dow owners that farmers are entitled to take action against dogs found to be scaring livestock
– PC Jim Bell, Cumbria Police
Walkers in the area need to understand that dogs should be under close control at all times, especially when being walked on farm land near to livestock. Some dog owners will say "my dog will never run off or attack", but they just don't know, if in any doubt put your dog on a lead, better safe than sorry. It is not actually necessary for the dog to bite the sheep to cause enormous stress and suffering. Farmers are entitled to take action if they see dogs chasing or attacking sheep. By maintaining control of your pet, you can prevent a distressing incident from happening."