Disclosure Details

Dogs Attacking Sheep - 149/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 03/02/2012

Date of response: 23/02/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 3rd February 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

 am writing to ask if, under the Freedom of Information Act, you could make available the following information.
From January 1 2011 to December 31 2011, how many incidents were reported involving the following:
Dogs attacking sheep
Dogs injuring sheep
Dogs killing sheep

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The results of this request have been based  on a search of all wildlife related incidents and from these looking at those containing the words sheep, worry/worried, attack, livestock, farm, injure, or kill.

The results are broken down into those incidents where sheep have been chased (ie worried), those where they have been injured and those where the sheep have been killed.  There were no reports of sheep having been attacked without injury.

From a manual viewing of the incidents it is clear that in most cases of injury or death, dogs are only presumed to be responsible by the caller, eg a report of a sheep having been mauled sometime overnight by a dog, but there were no witnesses to confirm.  In most cases it is never established if a dog was actually responsible or whether the sheep were killed by a wild animal or even died of natural causes and then was 'predated'.

The results have been broken down to make these cases clear as there are only three incidents where dogs are known to have injured or killed sheep in 2011.

With the above in mind please see the below.


Dog Confirmed? Yes No
Worried 6
Injured 2 4
Killed 1 12
Total 0 16

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