Four sheep put to sleep following suspected dog attacks
PUBLISHED: 11:44 13 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 13 October 2016
Police are appealing for witnesses and information after four sheep had to be put to sleep following suspected dog attacks.
The first incident occurred between 10.15am to 10.30am on Sunday, October 9, in North Mymms Park off Tollgate Road.
Five sheep were left heavily wounded after being attacked by what is believed to be two dogs, and four of the injured sheep had to be put to sleep.
The second incident occurred between 9.50am and 9.55am on Monday, October 10, in the same park.
Three sheep were left heavily wounded after being attacked by what is believed to be two dogs.
PCSO Samantha Griffin, who is investigating, said: “We are very keen to find out more information about these incidents and would urge anyone who saw any activity in these areas around these times to contact us.
“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. The Act considers sheep worrying to include attacking sheep, chasing them in a way that may cause injury, suffering, abortion or loss of produce or being at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.
“It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call. If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.”
Anyone who has any information that would assist the investigation should call the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 and ask for PCSO Samantha Griffin or PC Alasdair Macphail, quoting crime reference number J1/16/3755 and B2/16/4182.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.