Jonathan Sloan, from Springbank near Kinross in the UK, was handed down a fine for a “breach of the peace”.
The farmer, aged 28, was merely trying to protect his flock from an out of control dog. The dog was seen by neighbours attacking his 60-strong flock of black faced sheep. Mr. Sloan’s neighbours alerted the farmer, who rushed back to help them. The dog owner failed to stop the dog from attacking the sheep.
The farmer upon his return back, eventually brought control over the situation and stopped the dog in it’s tracks, by hitting it on top of the head with his shepherd's crook. This brought calm on the situation and the dog was eventually contained.
The police were later called by the farmer, after an argument with the dog owner ensued. The dog owner is said to have become aggressive, though it was the farmer, Mr. Sloan, who was handed down a fine.
“A 28-year-old man was issued with a £40 fine for threatening and abusive behaviour.” police confirmed.
He was fined £40 for a “breach of peace”, whilst the dog owner got away scot-free despite stock worrying being an illegal act. By law, farmers are allowed to shoot a trespassing dog which is posing a threat to their livestock.
Mr. Sloan is now said to be taking legal advice from the National Farmers Union of Scotland, before a decision is made on whether the fine should be paid.
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