A dog has been shot dead by a local farmer, after it strayed killing six sheep in an attack, as reported by fginsight.com.
The dog, German Shepherd, escaped from a nearby field and began attacking the farmer's sheep. It was then shot by the farmer, to prevent more of his flock being killed. The incident occurred in Llay, Wrexham in North Wales over the weekend.
North Wales Police Crime Team reported on the story on their social media, to highlight the dangers of livestock worrying. They described the incident as “sad”, but admitted the farmer had little choice.
"Sad reality of yet another livestock attack...German Shepherd dog shot dead by the farmer during the brutal killing of 6 sheep in Llay, Wrexham over the weekend.” it read.
"So, so sad and an action that the farmer didn’t want to do but had no choice." it stated.
A local Police officer, Rob Taylor, said he and his team are working hard to get laws on livestock worrying changed. He called it a “brutal offence” and said they will continue to enforce the law and prosecute owners.
"We in North Wales are really trying to make the difference to eradicate this brutal offence. We continue to enforce the current law and will prosecute owners when required." he said.
He then called on dog owners to be more responsible of their pets in future, warning that their dogs could be shot if they don’t.
"Be responsible and always carry a lead and, when near or at the risk of being near livestock, please use it.” he said.
"If you don’t, you risk a heavy fine and the real possibility of your dog being either shot or euthanized following a court case and prosecution." he concluded.
Note: We reported on this, to highlight the increasing need for better dog control around livestock.