Dorset Police received a report at around 1.10pm on Sunday 14 January, of an incident involving a light brown dog chasing sheep in the area of Hillbottom near Worth Matravers.
It was reported that the dog, which was believed to be a cocker spaniel or similar breed, spent around 20 to 40 seconds attacking a sheep, which was left motionless on the floor.
The dog then ran back to its owner. He was described as a white man wearing a North Face body warmer with blue jeans. He had another dog with him, which was dark brown.
The man put the dog on a lead and went back toward the sheep, but then walked away without checking on it and was joined by four other people.
Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, of Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team, said, “We are making enquiries into this incident I am keen to speak to the owner of the dog involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
“We would ask all dog owners to ensure their dog is on a lead whenever it is near livestock. At this time of year farmers may move livestock between fields so be extremely mindful to check.
“It is also important farmers report each incident to us. If a crime is in progress then call 999. Other incidents can be reported online at Dorset Police website ‘Do it Online’ section or by calling 101.
“If members of the public have any information or concerns regards dogs not under control near livestock, they too should contact police. Recent reports by the public have led to dog owners being identified, in particular capturing vehicle registrations. Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous.”
Dorset Police supports the Take The Lead campaign and can supply metal-backed signs for farmers to warn dog owners of the dangers. The Rural Crime Team can be contacted to request signs or crime prevention advice at RuralCrimeTeam@dorset.pnn.police.uk. This email address is not to be used to report crimes or incidents.
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