UPLYME Parish Council has warned dog owners of the law after a recent incident of sheep worrying.
The incident of dogs being off leads and hassling sheep at Highlands Farm in Gore Lane, Uplyme, was reported at the latest parish council meeting.
Parish clerk Ricky Neave has now warned dog owners that they can be found guilty of an offence if their dog is caught hassling sheep.
He said: “Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence.
“The act considers sheep worrying to include attacking sheep, chasing them in a way that may cause injury, suffering, abortion or loss of produce or being at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.”