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Dog Attacks

If your dog attacks another animal or person, or if you or an animal you own has been attacked by a dog, you should report the incident to us.

We will investigate the alleged attack, and when all the relevant information has been gathered, we will make a decision about any action to take, including whether there is enough evidence to take a prosecution.

Sheep and Livestock Worrying
  • The Council has the authority to seize any dog (of any type and breed) suspected of being involved in worrying or attacking livestock and, where possible, a prosecution will then be sought against the owner.
  • The owner may face considerable costs including a £1000 fine, court costs and in some cases the cost of having their dog humanely destroyed.
  • A civil case may also be brought by the farmer for any financial loss suffered.
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