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Dog attacks on livestock cost farmers £1.5m in 2021

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Dog attacks on livestock cost farmers £1.5m in 2021

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Thursday, 3 March 2022

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The carnage caused by unruly dogs in the countryside shows little sign of easing, as more owners let their pets off the lead and claims for livestock killed or injured in attacks topped £1.5m in 2021.

A survey of 1,207 dog owners found almost three-quarters (73%) now allow their pets to roam off-lead in the countryside – up from 64% a year ago.

This is despite about half (49%) saying their dog does not always come back when called.

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