Plea to dog owners after second sheep killed in 3 weeks

Gloucestershire Police are appealing to dog owners to keep their animals under control. The message follows another incident where sheep have been killed by loose dogs near livestock.

At around midday on Friday August 23 two dogs were seen chasing the livestock on Cleeve Hill in Cheltenham, and then killing a sheep. It is the second dog attack on sheep on this piece of land in three weeks.

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.

– PC Di Butler, Gloucestershire Police