Thursday, 13 October 2011

Kenilworth Shooting - Empty Threat or Promise? Dogs and Owners Beware

At the rear of Castle Farm you will find this sign on reaching open fields.
DUE TO RECENT ATTACKS ON SHEEP
ALL DOGS TO BE KEPT ON LEADS
NO EXCEPTIONS
ANY DOGS WORRYING LIVESTOCK WILL BE SHOT

I would like to know if it is lawful to display a sign like this. There have also been other signs telling walkers to stay to the footpaths. I will investigate.


Updated Fri 14 Oct 10.25am: Tweets sent:
@SNT_Kenilworth Just spoken to@warkspolice Firearms Licensing who confirm a Certificate would not be issued for purpose of shooting dogs

@SNT_Kenilworth However, farmers (and others) are allowed firearms certificate to dispose of other animals (under conditions)@warkspolice

@SNT_Kenilworth And in their view, Sign should have a notice attached with copies of Animals Act 1954 & 1971 @warkspolice Many Thanks


Updated (13 Oct): Animals Act 1971

Protection of livestock against dogs
9   Killing of or injury to dogs worrying livestock.

(1)In any civil proceedings against a person (in this section referred to as the defendant) for killing or causing injury to a dog it shall be a defence to prove—

(a)that the defendant acted for the protection of any livestock and was a person entitled to act for the protection of that livestock; and

(b)that within forty-eight hours of the killing or injury notice thereof was given by the defendant to the officer in charge of a police station.

(2)For the purposes of this section a person is entitled to act for the protection of any livestock if, and only if—

(a)the livestock or the land on which it is belongs to him or to any person under whose express or implied authority he is acting; and

(b)the circumstances are not such that liability for killing or causing injury to the livestock would be excluded by section 5(4) of this Act.

(3)Subject to subsection (4) of this section, a person killing or causing injury to a dog shall be deemed for the purposes of this section to act for the protection of any livestock if, and only if, either—

(a)the dog is worrying or is about to worry the livestock and there are no other reasonable means of ending or preventing the worrying; or

(b)the dog has been worrying livestock, has not left the vicinity and is not under the control of any person and there are no practicable means of ascertaining to whom it belongs.

(4)For the purposes of this section the condition stated in either of the paragraphs of the preceding subsection shall be deemed to have been satisfied if the defendant believed that it was satisfied and had reasonable ground for that belief.

(5)For the purposes of this section—

(a)an animal belongs to any person if he owns it or has it in his possession; and

(b)land belongs to any person if he is the occupier thereof.


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