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Dogs Worrying Livestock Offences in 2016

Question

From January 1 2016 to December 31 2016, how many incidents were reported and/or numbers of sheep were involved in the following:

Dogs chasing/worrying sheep

Dogs attacking/injuring sheep

Dogs killing sheep

Answer

In order to provide you with the requested information, a search has been conducted for the following offences that specifically mention ‘sheep’, ‘ewe’ or ‘lamb’.

  • Dogs worrying livestock on agricultural land
  • Owner of a dog worrying livestock

Between 1st January and 31st December 2016 a total of 27 offences were recorded.

The number of sheep involved is not always recorded. Where this has been included in the report, we can identify that 32 sheep were recorded as being attacked or injured and six were recorded as killed.

FOI reference: 110/17.

Date of request: 26.01.17.