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Dog walkers urged to keep pets on lead for lambing season

Wednesday March 22 2017

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DOG walkers have been urged to keep their pets on leads as the lambing season gets underway - or risk them getting shot by farmers. 

Yorkshire Water says that even if your dog is generally docile, they can cause extreme distress to sheep when unleashed off their lead.

Last year, one particular dog also chased a whole flock of sheep which resulted in thirty ewes miscarrying their lambs due to the stress it caused.

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence and the farmer even has the right to shoot it.

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Reply Posted by Responsible dog owner on Thursday March 23 2017 at 09:39
Dogs should be on a lead in pubic places anyway its against the law to let them off

Reply Posted by Ray on Friday March 24 2017 at 13:55
Erm, no it's not

Reply Posted by Irresponsible dog owner on Thursday March 23 2017 at 10:24
Dogs should be allowed to roam free anywhere they like. Birds can, cats can so why not dogs?

Reply Posted by John on Friday March 24 2017 at 12:19
Fair enough, just don't moan when the farmer shoots them for making their sheep miscarry.

Reply Posted by . on Thursday March 23 2017 at 20:54
It's against the law to let them off? Uneducated idiot!

Reply Posted by AHR on Saturday March 25 2017 at 17:50
3. Public Spaces Protection Orders
Some public areas in England and Wales are covered by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) - previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs).

In public areas with PSPOs, you may have to:

keep your dog on a lead
put your dog on a lead if told to by a police officer, police community support officer or someone from the council
stop your dog going to certain places - like farmland or parts of a park
limit the number of dogs you have with you (this applies to professional dog walkers too)
clear up after your dog
PSPOs only apply to public land.

If you ignore a PSPO, you can be fined:

£100 on the spot (a ‘Fixed Penalty Notice’)
up to £1,000 if it goes to court
You can’t be fined if you’re a registered blind dog owner.

PSPOs in your area
Local councils must let the public know where PSPOs are in place.

If dogs aren’t allowed in a park, there must be signs saying so.

If the council plans to put a new PSPO in place, it must put up a notice and publish it on its website.

The notice must tell you:

where the new PSPO will apply
if there’s a map and where you can see it

Reply Posted by Responsible dog owner on Monday March 27 2017 at 16:55
Yes it is illegal to let them off in public places. Do your research and then see whos the idiot