Marlborough Town Council
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Marlborough Town Council
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01672 512487 
  E-mail us  5 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1AA   Weekdays 10am-4pm

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Protect your dog

{Play}Protect livestock

We live in a rural area.  Please play your part in ending dog attacks on animals.  Sharing on behalf of Marlborough Police

Operation Recall will be up and running in the Wiltshire area between 27th March- 3rd April 2024 to raise awareness and pro-actively tackle the issue of livestock worrying. This an Operation between a number of multi-agencies including national animal welfare charities, such as the Naturewatch Foundation and the RSPCA, joining forces with Police and the National Rural Crime Unit (NRCU). 


Wiltshire Police, alongside other forces in England and Wales, is adopting Op Recall to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our family pets safe, as well as livestock.


Livestock worrying is when a dog attacks or chases livestock on agricultural land or is at large in a field with livestock, which can result in significant injury or suffering and in the worst cases, death of the animals involved. This also has devastating consequences for livestock keepers, causing personal distress as well as significant financial costs, particularly at this important time of the year.


Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, it is a criminal offence for a dog to actively worry livestock and dog owners risk prosecution.
We recognise that the majority of dog owners walk their dogs in a responsible manner, but unfortunately there are a small minority whose recklessness puts the welfare of other animals at risk.


If you are visiting the rural area in Marlborough and Pewsey over the Easter break to enjoy the local countryside and sites of interest, please make sure that pets are kept under control at all times, particularly on rights of way and footpaths near livestock.

 

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