Parish Notice Board

Knighton on Teme

Notice to dog owners

Polite notice to dog owners/walkers using public footpaths in Knighton on Teme parish For the safety and wellbeing of all concerned, we would be grateful for your cooperation with the following request: If livestock are in the fields as you enter a public right of way/footpath, please consider keeping your dog under close control along the footpath - either on a fixed lead, walking to heel or with reliable recall. All public footpaths are 1metre wide. People are also reminded that gates should be left as they are found. Loose dogs amongst livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses and poultry) causes great stress to animals, DEFRA say “The main countryside rule is – Dogs must never worry livestock. Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 the owner, and anyone else under whose control the dog is at the time will be guilty of an offence if it worries livestock on agricultural land” If your dog or indeed any animal under your control injures a person or animal or damages property, the owner or person responsible may be liable for damages. This would be a civil claim and not necessarily a criminal offence. Thank you Knighton on Teme Parish Council Contact – Clerk 01584 810817 / kd.yates@virgin.net