Police are investigating a livestock worrying incident in which a dog ended up being shot.

Dyfed-Powys Police’s Rural Crime Team have said that they are investigating a serious livestock worrying incident that took place in in the north of the county which also saw three lambs being killed.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Our rural crime team are currently dealing with an incident in the North Powys area which has resulted in three ewe lambs being killed and a dog being shot.

“Livestock worrying remains a serious cause for concern for many farmers and has a devastating impact on those affected. This time of year, fields are full of spring lambs.”

The police have reminded owners to be cautious around livestock and to not enter fields with livestock.

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They added: “No matter how in control dog owners think they are, they should always remain alert, and dogs should always be on a lead around livestock, especially as we are amid the 2024 lambing season.

“We advise not to enter any fields containing livestock if you are with a dog. If using footpaths, it is good practice wherever you are to keep your dog on a lead around livestock.

“Let your dog off the lead if you feel threatened by livestock or horses. Do not risk getting hurt protecting your dog. Releasing your dog will make it easier for you both to reach safety.

“If there is an attack, it is important people accept responsibility and report it, to a local farmer and the police, so that the injured animals are not left suffering in pain.

“On Open Access land and at the coast, you must put your dog on a lead around livestock. Between 1 March and 31 July, you must have your dog on a lead on Open Access land, even if there is no livestock on the land. These are legal requirements.

“It is currently an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock, with a maximum fine of £1,000 issued to those found guilty.”