dog worrying livestock

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An offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 committed by the owner or person in charge of a dog which worries livestock on agricultural land. Worrying includes attacking and chasing cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, or poultry. In the case of sheep, protection is enhanced by the Wildlife and Countryside Act to prohibit a dog being at large (that is to say not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep. The 1953 Act also permits a farmer whose livestock is being attacked or chased to shoot the dog without any obligation to compensate the owner; neither will the farmer be liable for criminal damage to the dog.

Subjects: Law.

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