I was horrified by a report on UK TV Countryfile giving the statistics for the number of incidents every week when sheep and cattle suffer dog attacks, largely caused by people walking on paths alongside grazing animals, through fields of grazing animals...with their dogs off leash! It's totally unacceptable and irresponsible of the owner. I have no problem about a farmer shooting a dog which is worrying his grazing livestock.
Everyone should remember that their dog, whatever breed or mix, is basically a domesticated wolf and as such will always have hunting instincts. This is much stronger in some dogs than others, of course, but nevertheless, no one should walk their dog off leash near grazing animals.
Ann Marie Payne is with SOS Animals in Coin and has become very concerned about the number of posts for lost dogs! Here's what she writes.
'Lately I've seen so many posts about newly adopted dogs escaping.
You may be excited at the idea of having a new dog, but your dog is probably terrified and will want to flee at the first opportunity.
Please try to put yourself in their mind and try to imagine this.
They may have had a miserable life and ended up in the pound, or simply might have got lost and ended up in there. The pound is not a nice place, and many struggle to survive mentally as well as physically. They go into foster and regain some of their trust, only to find themselves crated up and off to somewhere new.