United Kingdom

Dog owner, 44, is charged after his Irish setter mauls deer to death in Richmond Park 

A dog owner has been charged after his Irish setter mauled a deer to death in Richmond Park.

The red deer had to be put down after being attacked by an Irish Setter in the south west London Royal Park, earlier this month.

It was the second deer to die after being attacked by a dog in the park since the beginning of September.

A dog owner has been charged after his Irish setter mauled a deer to death in Richmond Park (file image of a deer in the park)

Royal Parks Police praised 'brave' cyclists who attempted to chase the dog away from the red deer on Thursday October 1.

The Royal Parks of London are located on land originally owned by the monarchy for recreation. 

There are eight Royal Parks: Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park, Richmond Park and St James's Park. 

The Royal Parks website states: 'In Bushy Park and Richmond Park you should keep your dogs away from the deer.'

While it is against the law for an owner to let their dog be 'dangerously out of control' in any public space in the UK, animals in the Royal Parks are further protected by similar laws to livestock around the country. 

Dogs should not be allowed to 'worry' livestock. This means owners must prevent dogs from attacking livestock, chasing livestock, or not being on a lead or under close control in a field containing sheep. 

The red deer had to be put down after being attacked by an Irish Setter in the south west London Royal Park, earlier this month (file image)

A Royal Parks Police spokesman said: 'On October 1 in Richmond Park an Irish Setter chased and attacked a Red Deer.

'Despite brave efforts of passing cyclists to chase the dog away, the deer had to be destroyed.

'A 44-year-old man from Kingston-on-Thames has been charged under the Park Regulations.

'It is an offence to allow any animal of which you are in charge, to chase, worry or injury any other animal within the Royal Parks.'

The man is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court in January. 

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