Dog owner fined after worrying leads to five sheep deaths

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 A manwho allowed his dog to worry sheep has been fined £830.

Neil Rowe, 40, of Bannings Vale, Saltdean, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to allowing his dogs to worry livestock at Kirby Farm, Telscombe Cliffs, in May and July and on Telscombe Tye in June.

The incident on the Tye resulted in the deaths of three ewes and two lambs.

PC David Tourell said: “This is an offence that we take very seriously.

“The vast majority of dog owners are very responsible, keeping their animals on leads around livestock and ensuring that they are under control at all times.

“Unfortunately, it only takes a single irresponsible or careless dog owner to create havoc among livestock, often with devastating consequences for the animals and for owners.

“Offenders will be prosecuted and it is quite possible that if found guilty, their dogs will be ordered to be destroyed.

“Nobody involved wanted that to happen in this case, but I would urge people to really think about what could happen if they don’t keep their dogs under control.”

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11:04am Fri 7 Dec 12

paul76 says...

Bet that fine doesn't cover the cost to replace the dead animals.
Bet that fine doesn't cover the cost to replace the dead animals. paul76
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11:47am Fri 7 Dec 12

plantwoman says...

I'm glad he's been fined but I think he got off lightly, as you say there's the cost of the dead animals to take into account.

His dogs could have been shot, let's hope he's learnt his lesson.
I'm glad he's been fined but I think he got off lightly, as you say there's the cost of the dead animals to take into account. His dogs could have been shot, let's hope he's learnt his lesson. plantwoman
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11:53am Fri 7 Dec 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

A large proportion of Kemp Town's residents should be expecting fines through the door then...

Bazinga.
A large proportion of Kemp Town's residents should be expecting fines through the door then... Bazinga. Fairfax Sakes
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11:53am Fri 7 Dec 12

jackie1959 says...

He should have got a custodial sentence! Not a measly fine,and ordered to pay compensation to the farmer.I know in this case the dogs were not destroyed,which is a good thing,and should not be destroyed in the future,the onus is on the owner to keep their dogs under control,or stay out of fields that have sheep in!Perhaps,in the future this moron will keep his dogs on leads.
He should have got a custodial sentence! Not a measly fine,and ordered to pay compensation to the farmer.I know in this case the dogs were not destroyed,which is a good thing,and should not be destroyed in the future,the onus is on the owner to keep their dogs under control,or stay out of fields that have sheep in!Perhaps,in the future this moron will keep his dogs on leads. jackie1959
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12:01pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

Once again animals end up paying the price at the hands of stupid humans.
Once again animals end up paying the price at the hands of stupid humans. Crystal Ball
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12:35pm Fri 7 Dec 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It's unbelievable that this man allowed this to happen on more than one occasion. To have it happen once is tragic but to then deliberately keep taking your dogs that you know have done this, is totally wrong.

The man is either a vicious, sadistic, killer and should be locked up or completely stupid and he should have the dogs taken off him as he hasn't bothered to train them properly and they could do this again.

People like this need a lot more than a small fine.
It's unbelievable that this man allowed this to happen on more than one occasion. To have it happen once is tragic but to then deliberately keep taking your dogs that you know have done this, is totally wrong. The man is either a vicious, sadistic, killer and should be locked up or completely stupid and he should have the dogs taken off him as he hasn't bothered to train them properly and they could do this again. People like this need a lot more than a small fine. getThisCoalitionOut
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12:45pm Fri 7 Dec 12

spa301 says...

what a ridiculous bunch of comments
what a ridiculous bunch of comments spa301
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12:48pm Fri 7 Dec 12

jackie1959 says...

spa301 wrote:
what a ridiculous bunch of comments
Oh,and you have a better one !
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: what a ridiculous bunch of comments[/p][/quote]Oh,and you have a better one ! jackie1959
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1:27pm Fri 7 Dec 12

angrymonkey says...

put him in the wild with lots of hungry big cats see if he thinks thats good sport know i do.
put him in the wild with lots of hungry big cats see if he thinks thats good sport know i do. angrymonkey
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9:54pm Fri 7 Dec 12

puddingandpi says...

Once they've killed a sheep, they'll always try to kill sheep. It sort of wakes up the killer instinct. The dogs should be put down - and I'm sorry, and I know people will object & I know it's not the fault of the dogs; they should never have been allowed near the sheep in the first place, let alone twice. But nonetheless, the dogs should be put down. Followed swiftly by the owner.
Once they've killed a sheep, they'll always try to kill sheep. It sort of wakes up the killer instinct. The dogs should be put down - and I'm sorry, and I know people will object & I know it's not the fault of the dogs; they should never have been allowed near the sheep in the first place, let alone twice. But nonetheless, the dogs should be put down. Followed swiftly by the owner. puddingandpi
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9:23am Sat 8 Dec 12

plantwoman says...

puddingandpi wrote:
Once they've killed a sheep, they'll always try to kill sheep. It sort of wakes up the killer instinct. The dogs should be put down - and I'm sorry, and I know people will object & I know it's not the fault of the dogs; they should never have been allowed near the sheep in the first place, let alone twice. But nonetheless, the dogs should be put down. Followed swiftly by the owner.
A bit harsh on the dogs in this case - surely an easier and more humane way is to keep the dogs away from sheep altogether. If you know there could be livestock around, put the dogs on a lead, it's not rocket science!
[quote][p][bold]puddingandpi[/bold] wrote: Once they've killed a sheep, they'll always try to kill sheep. It sort of wakes up the killer instinct. The dogs should be put down - and I'm sorry, and I know people will object & I know it's not the fault of the dogs; they should never have been allowed near the sheep in the first place, let alone twice. But nonetheless, the dogs should be put down. Followed swiftly by the owner.[/p][/quote]A bit harsh on the dogs in this case - surely an easier and more humane way is to keep the dogs away from sheep altogether. If you know there could be livestock around, put the dogs on a lead, it's not rocket science! plantwoman
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10:59am Sat 8 Dec 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

plantwoman wrote:
puddingandpi wrote:
Once they've killed a sheep, they'll always try to kill sheep. It sort of wakes up the killer instinct. The dogs should be put down - and I'm sorry, and I know people will object & I know it's not the fault of the dogs; they should never have been allowed near the sheep in the first place, let alone twice. But nonetheless, the dogs should be put down. Followed swiftly by the owner.
A bit harsh on the dogs in this case - surely an easier and more humane way is to keep the dogs away from sheep altogether. If you know there could be livestock around, put the dogs on a lead, it's not rocket science!
Massive thank you for summarising so clearly
[quote][p][bold]plantwoman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]puddingandpi[/bold] wrote: Once they've killed a sheep, they'll always try to kill sheep. It sort of wakes up the killer instinct. The dogs should be put down - and I'm sorry, and I know people will object & I know it's not the fault of the dogs; they should never have been allowed near the sheep in the first place, let alone twice. But nonetheless, the dogs should be put down. Followed swiftly by the owner.[/p][/quote]A bit harsh on the dogs in this case - surely an easier and more humane way is to keep the dogs away from sheep altogether. If you know there could be livestock around, put the dogs on a lead, it's not rocket science![/p][/quote]Massive thank you for summarising so clearly Somethingsarejustwrong
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