Published: 16/02/2017 17:04 - Updated: 16/02/2017 17:06

Sheep put down after dog attack

SHEEP which suffered severe injuries after they were attacked by a dog had to be put down at a farm in east Caithness.

The incident took place between 6pm on Friday and 9.30am on Saturday on a farm just south of Wick.

Police are carrying out enquiries into the attack and are appealing to anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Rural crime coordinator Inspector Jane Donaldson said sheep worrying can have a major financial impact on farmers’ livelihoods.

She said: “The worrying of livestock can have devastating consequences and has an obvious financial and emotional impact on farmers and their businesses.

“The majority of livestock worrying incidents involve sheep and occur when a dog attacks, chases or is not kept on a lead or otherwise under close control.

“The devastating effects of a dog attack on livestock are evident and cannot be overstated.

“Pregnant ewes can abort their lambs or lambs can be separated from their mothers.

“The advice to dog owners who live in rural areas or anyone walking and exercising their dogs in the countryside is to ensure that they are under control at all times and avoid going into fields where livestock is grazing.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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