Ruff justice: UK Police want DNA database to identify dogs that worry livestock
They also want the law changed so that animals including llamas, alpacas, emus and ostriches can be protected.
Police want a database of dog DNA to collar animals responsible for attacks on livestock.
Officers from five forces have made a raft of recommendations including owners being legally obliged to tell police if their pet goes after a captive animal.
They also want the law changed so that animals including llamas, alpacas, emus and ostriches are defined as livestock.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) led a study on the issue of livestock worrying, with five forces – North Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall, Sussex, North Wales and Hertfordshire – submitting data.
They found that from September 2013 to 2017 there were 1,705 recorded incidents of livestock worrying and attacks. A total of 1,928 animals were killed and 1,614 injured – at an estimated cost of £250,000.
Around one in 10 – 11% – of the incidents involved owners whose dog had worried or damaged livestock before, and in most cases the animal was not on a lead.
Our new report on livestock worrying highlights the scale of the problem and the challenges faced by police forces in supporting farmers to deal with the issue. Read it here: https://t.co/sfcA466XUM pic.twitter.com/FTzUYq3MZI— NPCC (@PoliceChiefs) February 21, 2018
Police face a number of problems in prosecuting livestock worrying, for example they are unable to search a dog owner’s home for a canine that has attacked captive animals.