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Livestock Worrying Near Inverurie

Dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs under close control following a recent incident near Inverurie which resulted in the death of two sheep.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer PC Mike Urquhart said:

"Dogs can cause unnecessary stress to livestock often causing the animal to panic and can even contribute to the premature death of livestock. As well as the distress and harm caused to animals, these incidents have both a financial and emotional impact on farmers. If a dog is found to have worried livestock then the owner and, if different, handler of the dog at the time, could face criminal action. Dog owners should be aware of their responsibilities if exercising their pets near livestock. A dog does not need to be attacking livestock for an offence to take place. Chasing livestock in such a way as may reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering to the livestock is also an offence."

Scotlandís outdoors is a great place for dogs and their owners but please remember the outdoors is a place of work for many and not just for recreation. Please keep your dog on a lead near livestock and be considerate when visiting the countryside.

For further information regarding outdoor access and what it means for you and your dog visit https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/

Original message sent by: Michael Urquhart (Police, Constable, North East Division)

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