Police have launched an investigation after a number of sheep were attacked in Asfordby this morning (Tuesday).
Livestock worrying is when a dog attacks or chases livestock on agricultural land or is at large in a field with sheep, which can result in significant injury or suffering and in the worst cases, death of the animals involved. It has devastating consequences for livestock keepers, causing personal distress as well as significant financial costs.
The incident happened in Saxelby Road, Asfordby. Photo: Google.
New powers to give increased protections for farm animals were brought in under new legislation introduced by the Government in Parliament back in June.
A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: "Police received a call just after 7.25am today reporting two dogs had attacked some sheep in a field off Saxelby Road, Asfordby. A number of sheep were seriously injured and are currently being assessed by the vet. The dogs were subsequently shot at the scene."
Advice issued by NFU Mutual, the farmers union insurance group, for dog walkers in the countryside is:
Always keep dogs on the lead when walking in rural areas where livestock are kept
Be aware that even small lap dogs can attack and kill farm animals
Take special care to keep close control of dogs unused to farm animals
Report attacks by dogs and sightings of dogs roaming the countryside to local farmers or the police
Don’t let dogs loose in gardens adjoining livestock fields – many attacks are caused by dogs which escape and attack sheep grazing nearby
Leicestershire Police confirmed enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident