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New Posters Add Weight to Sheep Worrying Battle

17 August 2015

UK – Small animal veterinarians have been asked by the sheep industry to display livestock awareness posters in waiting rooms showing the damage of dog attacks on sheep.

A joint letter from the National Sheep Association (NSA) and the Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS) has been sent to small animal vets encouraging them to fix the poster, which uses the strapline “Stop and Think”, to walls of waiting rooms and treatment areas.  

The intention is to communicate the importance of responsible dog ownership.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said it was “vital” to make dog owners aware of the possible penalties for those prosecuted for sheep worrying.

Anyone caught could be subject to a fine or risk their dog being destroyed.

He said: “By working with veterinary professionals to give them the information to advise dog owners of the risk from their dog to sheep, the NSA and SVS is hoping to encourage more responsible dog ownership across the UK.

A badly injured sheep is presented to most vets at some stage, said sheep expert Fiona Lovatt of the SVS.

She added: “In many cases there is no option but to put the sheep down, which is incredibly distressing for everyone – not just the injured animals but the owners of both the sheep and the dogs.

“Sheep Veterinary Society is pleased to highlight this to our veterinary colleagues and encourage them to display posters in their surgeries and waiting rooms.”

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