South East Wales

Dogs shot for killing pregnant sheep in Vale of Glamorgan

Two dogs who attacked and killed a pregnant sheep and chased others into a Vale of Glamorgan river were shot by a farmer, say South Wales Police.

The incident of sheep worrying at Ogmore by Sea was the second in the county last week.

A sheep was also mauled by a dog on Downs Common near Cowbridge.

Officers are warning people to keep their dogs under control and on leads at all times around livestock.

PCSO Alex McKay said the law allows farmers to shoot dogs that threaten their animals.

"If a dog worries livestock, then the dog's owner or the person responsible for it at the time is guilty of an offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 and may be sued for compensation by the farmer," said the officer.

"The emotional stress for the farmer is considerable and in-lamb ewes will often abort their lambs when worried by dogs.

"Owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control - when unsupervised, the friendly family pet can easily turn and cause untold damage."

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