Police say farmers can legally shoot your dog

The BBC and Bromsgrove Standard have been reporting that West Mercia Police have assured a Worecestershire farmer that he is legally entitled to shoot dead dogs on his land.

Following several attacks on a Clent farmer’s sheep – which he blames on a dog – PC Jason Hynes said:

?€œI have spoken to the farmer this morning and advised that he has the right to protect his livestock by shooting any dog caught worrying them.

?€œIt is the responsibility of the dog?€™s owner to ensure their pet does not have such an opportunity and it is important that everyone with a dog understands the risks.?€? PC Jason Hynes, West Mercia Police.