As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions continue to ease, there has been an increase in the number of people
venturing out into the Northamptonshire countryside for some social-distancing exercise.
There is a more sinister side to not following the rules, and visitors should keep to public footpaths and not walk
over fields, always leave gates as they find them, not let dogs foul in the fields or leave poo bags on the ground
or tied to fences. Dog owners are legally responsible for keeping their pets under control at all times, and should keep them on a lead when walking near livestock to prevent animals being injured or killed.
It is a criminal offence, which carries a fine of up to £1,000, and under the law, a farmer has the right to shoot
and kill a dog which is worrying livestock and cannot be controlled.