37 lambs killed in sheep worrying attack

A man has been charged after 65 lambs were attacked during a sheep worrying incident.

Police Scotland said 37 lambs died and 28 were injured during an incident on a farm near Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on Friday 15 December.

Two dogs that were responsible for the attack were shot dead by the farmer, who police said “had no option in order to prevent further loss of livestock”.

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A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal. 

Sergeant Caroline Gray, of the Banff community policing team, said: “Sheep worrying not only has obvious financial impact on farmers where livestock is killed or injured, but the day-to-day effect on the animals who survive can be a major issue.

“The last thing a farmer will want to do is destroy another animal. However, they are within their right to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land as a last resort to prevent further injury.”

Keep dogs on leads

She added: “All it can take to avoid distress in any case is to keep dogs on leads or under control, and for owners to take the necessary steps to ensure animals cannot run loose.

“My advice to anyone walking and exercising their dogs in the countryside is to ensure that they are constantly under control and to avoid going into fields where livestock is grazing.” 

Sgt Gray urged the public to continue reporting sheep worrying incidents to police in order for them to be fully investigated.

“It is important we all recognise the devastating consequences of a dog attacking, chasing or even being at large in a field where sheep are kept.”

Anyone with concerns about livestock worrying can contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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