With lambing season rapidly approaching, I would like to remind dog walkers of their responsibilities with regards to keeping their pets on a lead when they are near sheep.
Dog owners have a clear responsibility to ensure their pets are under control and this is made clear in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, especially when there are pregnant ewes and young lambs in the fields.
If your pets chase or worry sheep, you are likely to get prosecuted and you could lose your dog.
Worrying is defined as attacking livestock, chasing livestock in such a way that it may be reasonable to expect the dog to cause injury or suffering to livestock as well as abortion in female animals, and being at large (not under close control or on a lead) in a field or enclosure where there are sheep.
Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to livestock, even if the dog doesn’t catch them. The stress of chasing/worrying by dogs can cause animals to die and pregnant stock to miscarry.
Livestock fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, often causing significant collateral damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.
In some circumstances farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep. Therefore it is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock.
In the last few years there have been a number of prosecutions across Perth & Kinross under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 and several dogs have been destroyed; please make sure it’s not your dog.
If anyone witnesses an incident of livestock worrying they should contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
On the morning of Thursday 5th March a drug search warrant was executed at a property on Dunkeld Rd, Perth. Following the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine, Tramadol and herbal material a 22 year old male was arrested. A quantity of counterfeit £50 notes were also recovered as was several thousand pounds in cash.
Following a number of thefts in the Invergowrie area in mid-January, including a break in at the Scotmid store, 3 male youths aged 15 & 16 have been reported to the Children’s Reporter.
Enquires into a vandalism and theft from a motor vehicle in May Place, Perth on Saturday 29th February have resulted in a 19 year old male being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Following the discovery of a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine at a property near Meikleour a 31 year old male has been charged with a number of offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Between 2pm on Friday 28th and 9am on Saturday 29th February a black and white Giant mountain bike was stolen from outside the Concert Hall, Mill St, Perth. (CR/6332/20)
Between 9.15am and 3.15pm Wednesday 4th March a pink and white scooter decorated with Unicorns was stolen from a common close in Cairns Crescent, Perth. (CR/6243/20)
Between Monday 24th February and Thursday 5th March a Ford Kuga motor vehicle parked on Castle View, Perth had two of its tyres cut. (CR/6798/20)
Overnight on Friday 6th March an image of a phallus was spray painted on a door at Simpson Square, Perth. (CR/6534/20)
Overnight on Saturday 7th March a silver Ford motor vehicle had its rear window smashed on Crieff Rd, Perth. (CR/6602/20)
On the afternoon of Tuesday 10th March a black Honda Civic motor vehicle parked on Crieff Rd, Perth had its passenger wing mirror vandalised. (CR/6840/20)
Between Wednesday 26th February and Friday 28th February, 12 windows were smashed at Pitcairn Primary School, Almondbank. (CR/6212/20)
Between Friday 6th and Monday 9th March, 4 windows were smashed at Stanley Primary School. (CR/6693/20)
Between 3pm Thursday and 9am Sunday March an Electrolux vacuum cleaner was stolen from the communal close at James Roy Court, Abernethy. (CR/6606/20)
Between 2pm, Monday 2nd and 9am, Tuesday 3rd March, an effort was made to break into a business premises on Commercial Street, Blairgowrie. (CR/6158/20)
Between 4pm, Thursday 5th and 6am, Friday 6th March, an attempt was made to break into a Ford Transit Van parked in Heathcote Road, Crieff. (CR/6430/20)
Between 1pm Saturday 7th and 8am Sunday 8th March the wooden fence outside of The Pavilion Café, Macrosty Park, Crieff. (CR/6818/20)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
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