Seven dogs seized in alleged hare coursing at Baston Fen could one day follow in the ‘paw-steps’ of two ex hare coursing dogs rehomed this week by police.
Dogs Lucky and Spencer have been found forever homes and another five seized in hare coursing near Spilsby are due to find the homes they deserve.
As well as providing a happy ending for the dogs, police know that their policy of seizing animals is deterring their cruel owners from coming to the county and, in turn, boosting the farming community’s safety.
Chief Insp Jim Tyner said: “Here in Lincolnshire we know that by seizing dogs we stop people wanting to come here for hare coursing. Reducing the number of hare coursing incidents also reduces all the violence and intimidation towards farmers and the damage to their property that goes with it.
“Hare coursing has a huge impact for farmers and their families, many of whom I know have struggled to sleep at night because of threats made by hare coursers.
“The welfare of the dogs is also very important to us. We know that there are lots of loving homes willing to adopt these dogs.
“We will continue to make every effort to tackle this cruel activity and get the dogs into the caring homes they deserve.”
Chief Insp Tyner is the force lead on Operation Galileo, which targets hare coursing.
Police haven’t had it all their way because in February a man pleaded guilty to hare coursing at Holbeach St Marks and, despite his conviction, the court ordered that his dog should be returned to him.
But police are hoping for better results with cases awaiting trial or still at the investigative stage, and these include the seven dogs seized at Baston Fen.
Hare coursers have a track record of cruelty to their own dogs.
Chief Insp Tyner said: “My officers have all witnessed a dog being left behind by coursers after it has been badly injured in this cruel activity or because it can no longer compete and make them money.
“We will continue to make every effort to tackle this and get the dogs into the caring homes they deserve.”
In February 2018 there were 113 incidents of hare coursing in Lincolnshire – a 57 per cent reduction on hare coursing reported in February 2017.