A police team set up to combat hare coursing in Lincolnshire has said its policy of seizing dogs is helping to reduce offences.
In December, there were 324 incidents of hare coursing, compared to 413 over the same period in 2016.
Since the season started in September, Lincolnshire Police has seized 49 dogs. Ch Supt Mark Housley said: "We have heard from other forces that hare coursers tell them they will not visit Lincolnshire because we seize dogs."So they'll just go elsewhere. You do euthanise the dogs, right? They aren't pets, they are weapons. Unlikely ever to be trustworthy around smaller animals....
Ch Supt Housley said any seized dogs were cared for in kennels and could be put up for re-homing if ordered by the courts.*speechless*
Two dogs which had been used in illegal hare coursing have been rehomed. The lurchers, Lucky and Spencer, were seized by police in Lincolnshire when their owners were arrested for hare coursing in Digby Fen last September.
John Langan, 31, of Great Ayton and Thomas Jaffray, 34, of Middlesbrough, were found guilty at Lincoln Magistrates' Court last Friday.
Police said it was the first time hare coursing dogs were rehomed rather than returned to their owners.And when the inevitable happens, and they kill someone else's pet, I really, really hope that the owners take Lincolnshire Police to the cleaners.