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Sheep Attacks (219A/23)


From January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, how many incidents were reported/recorded involving the following:

  • Dogs chasing/worrying sheep
  • Dogs attacking/injuring sheep
  • Dogs killing sheep


Following receipt of your request, a search of our incident database was carried out for any logs in 2022, that contained the word ‘sheep’. The resultant logs were then manually reviewed for any that related to the circumstances specified in your request.

This review showed one relevant report of an incident where three sheep had been attacked by a dog.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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