Police and council warn over dead animal dumping

Four incidents being investigated in the Hartland area

POLICE and Trading Standards have appealed to livestock owners to dispose of dead farm animals correctly – or face a fine of up to �5,000 and up to two years in prison.

The two authorities are investigating four recent separate incidents of illegal dumping of carcases and body parts in the Hartland area and have warned that they will prosecute where possible.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards said: “We take these matters very seriously; illegal dumping of carcasses spoils the countryside for all who use it and is grossly irresponsible as it risks spreading animal disease, which can seriously threaten the local farming economy.

“I would like to remind keepers of livestock that failure to dispose of animal carcasses in an authorised manner may lead to prosecution.

“If anyone has information that will assist Trading Standards Officers in their enquiries, please contact us.”

It is the legal responsibility of the animal owner to dispose of any livestock that dies and where the owner cannot be identified, it then becomes the responsibility of the landowner.

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To report illegal trading activity to Devon Trading Standards Service in confidence, telephone (01392) 381380.

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