In Dorset on March 29, 2024, a loose dog killed a lamb, resulting in a £300 payout ordered by the police to the farmer. The Dorset Police’s rural crime team handling the incident, confirming that the dog owner cooperated and provided the requested fee.

Through a conditional caution, the owner was instructed to compensate the farmer for the loss incurred. Emphasising the significance of such incidents, the police later stressed on social media the importance of keeping dogs on a lead around livestock, highlighting the potential consequences of sheep worrying, which can include fines of up to £1,000.

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The team's Facebook post underlined the significance of sheep to farmers and urged responsible pet ownership to prevent further harm.

The Facebook post underlined: “Sheep are valuable assets to farmers and any harm to them harm a farmer’s livelihood. Even if you don’t believe so, your dog can kill.

“Please remember to keep your dogs on a lead around livestock.”