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Farmland Dog Shootings

A Derbyshire couple have said they want the law changed to make it illegal for dogs to be shot on farmland.

The plea from Tony and Susan Dracup, of Hartshorne, came after two of their pets were killed by a farmer.

Farmer John Collier said the dogs had “devastated the area” and had frightened his cattle on several occasions at his Hatton farm.

Derbyshire police said they had investigated the shooting of the dogs, but were not taking any further action.

Farmers are legally allowed to shoot a dog caught worrying livestock.

Cattle farmer Mr Collier said he was within his rights legally and morally to shoot the dogs.

Under The Animals Act 1971 someone who has killed or injured a dog that was worrying or about to worry livestock has a legal defence.

Chris Sabian, Peak District View - 2011-10-25 09:00:17

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