Avon and Somerset Police has sent the following message via its Rural Crime Team:
Livestock worrying is a big issue especially as we approach the Spring. We are seeing an increase in such reports and would like to take this opportunity to politely remind dog walkers to keep their animals on leads around livestock.
Remember to follow the Countryside Code, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code/the-countryside-code especially during lambing season.
If your dog attacks livestock, you could end up being responsible for offences including criminal damage and sheep worrying, as well as potential prosecution for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Farmers also have the right to shoot dogs that are worrying or attacking livestock. We don’t want anyone to lose their beloved family pet.
The Avon and Somerset Police Rural Crime Team recommends:
• Always checking for livestock in fields when walking your dog/s
• Always making sure you shut gates behind you
• When in or near fields with livestock, keep your dog/s on a lead and under control at all times. The only time you should release your dog is in the event of being chased by cattle. By restraining the dog in this circumstance you put yourself at risk of being injured
• If you live near livestock and own a dog/s make sure that your property and garden are secure so your pets cannot escape
The Parish Council also respectfully reminds dog owners to be responsible and dispose of dog waste carefully.
Appendices December 2017:
Mendip District Council is consulting on the Pre-submission Draft of the Mendip Local Plan Part II from Tuesday 2nd January to Monday 12th February 2018.
The Council is also consulting on a Draft Supplementary Planning Document for Self and Custom build single-plot exception sites. This guidance is intended to provide additional information for the application of proposed Local Plan Part II Policy DP24: Self and Custom build single-plot exception sites.
Copies of the formal notices are attached. These include information on how to view the documents and make representations.
For further information or advice, please contact the Planning Policy Team by email at email@example.com or by telephone on (0300) 303 8588.