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Police warn dog owners over sheep worrying

By John Davidson

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Dog walkers are being called upon to act responsibly.
Dog walkers are being called upon to act responsibly.

Police Scotland are calling on dog owners to keep their dogs under control around livestock.

The force says it sees an increase in sheep worrying incidents at this time of year, and officers in the Highlands and Islands are urging caution.

"Please remember that it is your dog and your responsibility to keep them under control," a spokesperson said.

"Anyone exercising their dogs should make sure they keep their pets on a lead and under close control when near livestock.

"It is also important to ensure that your dog cannot escape from your property and find its way onto land containing livestock."

They added that the loss of sheep can be a significant financial burden on farmers and warned dog owners that they could face prosecution under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2021.

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