Dog walker apologises and pays fine for sheep attack

A dog walker from London has apologised and paid £500 compensation to a Hampshire farmer after her pet ran into a field and attacked sheep.

The incident happened at West Tisted Manor Estate, Alresford, last month when the walker lost control of the dog, which ran into the field, terrorised a large flock of sheep and attacked one before being caught.

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The 61-year-old woman was given a community resolution order by Hampshire Police after taking full responsibility for the attack, with the attached £500 fine paid as compensation.

The dog walker also signed a dog behaviour contract, which requires her to keep dogs on a lead at all times in a public place, and to write a letter of apology to the farmer.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “We can confirm that we received reports of a dog worrying livestock and attacking a sheep on Thursday 18 February between 5pm and 5.15pm at West Tisted Manor Estate on Soames Lane, Alresford.

“This kind of case, unfortunately, is commonplace in rural areas. Livestock worrying offences can have significant financial implications for a farmer to treat injuries or replace lost livestock, while having a detrimental effect on the livestock farming business.”

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