Dog owners in the St Fergus area are reminded to keep their dogs under close control following a livestock worrying incident near Links Road.
North East Crime Reduction Officer, Constable Mike Urquhart said ‘Farmers across the UK have suffered an increase in sheep worrying in the last year and a half. This may be down to a rise in in dog ownership during the pandemic and those now keen to access our countryside. 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.
Scotland’s 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.’
Further information regarding outdoor access and what it means for you and your dog visit https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot
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Police Scotland’s North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function. Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community. These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues. They are assisted by the division’s Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.