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Edinburgh dog walkers warned animals ‘could be shot’ after chaos in Pentlands

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Edinburgh dog walkers have been warned that their pets might be shot in the Pentland Hills after a variety of sheep had been attacked.

The regional park has issued the alert to these taking their canine into the realm, and has given recommendation to make sure all animals keep protected across the farmland.

Speaking concerning the ongoing difficulty, the park acknowledged that in the final month, there was eight situations of canine attacking livestock alone.

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In addition, 24 incidents have been reported all through 2021, which park rangers have described as a “miserable new document.”

Due to the impression on native farmers, an announcement has additionally warned dog house owners that their animals might be shot if discovered chasing or attacking the sheep.

In a put up, they stated: “No farmer desires to shoot a dog, however they may accomplish that to guard their livestock. This applies year-round, not simply at lambing time.

“Farms in the Regional Park are reporting a rise in dog assaults: we now have had eight reported incidents in the final month alone, and 24 this yr thus far, a miserable new document.

“The legislation has simply modified. You can now obtain a superb of as much as £40,000 or imprisonment as much as 12 months if you happen to permit your dog to chase after or assault sheep and different livestock, together with alpacas.”

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With the hope of holding each pets and livestock protected, house owners have been urged to maintain shut management of their canine when coming into an space with livestock.

This contains placing the dog on a result in take away any unpredictable behaviour.

They added: “If you see a dog chasing sheep, CALL 999 instantly. Try and provides a grid reference. If you do not have reception, attempt climbing larger.

“If reporting an incident after witnessing it, name 101. Also cellphone the Regional Park on 07798 505301 with particulars and the incident reference quantity you’ll have been given by the police, and we are going to contact the farmer.

“If everybody, dog-owners and different leisure customers alike, work collectively we will cut back the variety of these incidents, and the related misery triggered to sheep and their house owners.”