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Police issue sheep worrying warning after two dogs shot dead on land in Eastchurch

Police are reminding owners to keep pets under control after two dogs were shot dead.

The animals were killed in Eastchurch on Monday, after they were spotted roaming on farmland.

Police were called just before 2pm to a report that two men were trespassing on the land, and that the owner had shot their dogs.

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Police have issued a warning over sheep worrying
Police have issued a warning over sheep worrying

Officers attended and interviewed the men under caution, reporting them on suspicion of hare-coursing and sheep-worrying. An investigation is ongoing.

The shooting has prompted police to issue a warning to dog owners to keep them on leads, especially around livestock.

They say farmers are within their rights to shoot and kill dogs if they are deemed to be causing distress to flocks, as such attacks can often lead to huge financial losses.

Owners can also be prosecuted if their pets are let off their leads while in a field or enclosed space with sheep.

The dogs were shot in Eastchurch
The dogs were shot in Eastchurch

PC Preston Frost said: "It is important people know what can happen if their dogs run loose and kill or injure livestock.

"Sheep represent a farmer’s income and are often worth a substantial sum. If attacked, the veterinary bills farmers face can leave them substantially out of pocket.

"By ensuring dogs are kept under control when sheep or other livestock are present, owners can significantly reduce the chances of any of the animals involved coming to harm."

PC Frost added that the Eastchurch farmer had since received threats on social media for shooting the dogs, and that officers would be reviewing the messages received and taking action when necessary.

Anyone who witnesses sheep being chased or attacked is asked to report it to police by calling 999.

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