By David Frost
Monday, 29 October 2012
Two dog walkers regularly cross our shoot and the dogs – one Alsatian, the other a collie cross – are always chasing bullocks and sheep.
I have asked the owners time and time again to keep them under control, but to no avail; all I get is a mouthful of abuse.
I’ve reported them to the police, but nothing has been done.
Yesterday the Alsatian chased a bullock into an old marl pit where it bust a leg and had to be destroyed.
I’ve been told I can’t shoot the dogs, so what can I do? I’m at my wit's end.
SHOOTING LEGAL ADVICE
Shooting dogs is always a difficult issue. In the circumstances you describe I believe you would be justified in doing so.
Ideally you need a witness to the fact you have warned the dog owner that you will shoot his dogs if they worry your stock.
It’s also helpful to have a record, a crime number for example, of your report to the police.
If you do shoot a dog that is worrying stock you must inform the police within 48 hours.
Dog owners are required in law to keep their dogs under control and can be held liable for any damage they cause.
You could sue the owner of the Alsatian for the value of the beast his dog killed.
The small claims court is the best route for this.
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