New Government measures to tackle livestock worrying

Police will be given enhanced powers to tackle livestock worrying

The powers come under the Kept Animals Bill that was introduced last week.

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said that “following a spate of incidents where dogs have attacked or distressed sheep, I’m sure that rural communities in Sussex will welcome these new measures.

“They include extending the scope of livestock species covered by the law including llamas, emus, enclosed deer and donkeys. Our Rural Crime Team will be able to seize and remove dogs who pose a risk to livestock or have already been involved in serious incidents.

“Officers will also have enhanced powers of entry to premises to collect the evidence that is needed to bring successful prosecutions for livestock worrying.

“I am looking forward to the positive impact of more animal welfare plans being laid before Parliament  in the coming months, and to seeing what recommendations for policing emerge from the Government’s Pet Theft Task Force.”