Animals Act 1971

When out and about in the country keep your pet & livestock safe by ensuring your pet is on a lead.Sheep are very timid aniamls and scare easy.Pregnant ewes can also miscarry when spooked and firghtened. A farmer is not going to be impressed when his lively hood is lost.Some do place elctric fences around their livestock which could harm you pet if not under control.T

Under this act your dog must have been attacking or chasing livestock in such a way that it could reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering or, in the case of females, abortion or the loss or diminution of their produce.

An offence is not committed if at the time of the worrying the livestock were trespassing, the dog belonged to the owner of the land on which the trespassing livestock were and the person in charge of the dog did not cause the dog to attack the livestock .This also includes cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses and poultry. Game birds are not included.

Under Amimals Act 1971 a dog may be shot, without warning, by a farmer for worrying his livestock and the owner could face criminal prosecution for the same offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

For full infomation on the Law & your pet - http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/domestic/dogs.htm