Dog owners warned as police probe 'distressing' livestock injuries

An ewe had to be put down after it was found injured at a farm in Stirlingshire on August 10.

Dog owners warned as police probe sheep worrying incidents in Stirlingshire iStock

Police have warned dog owners in Stirlingshire to “keep animals under control” amid an investigation into reports of sheep worrying.

On August 10, officers were called to Kinnell Farm, Killin after a lamb and a ewe were found injured, with the ewe later put down.

Officers were also informed of an earlier incident on July 31 where a lamb was found injured in a field at the same location. 

Police investigating the incidents believe dogs may be responsible, with the force reminding pet owners and walkers to keep animals under control.

Inspector Andrew Bushell said: “These were distressing incidents for the farmer and for those who found the animals. Livestock attacks are a priority for us and we’re doing all we can to find out exactly what happened.  

“Farmers are legally entitled to protect their livestock which could result in the destruction of a dog. No farmer wishes to resort to this option and it can be easily avoided if owners ensure dogs are kept under control at all times and avoid entering fields where livestock is grazing.

“The Scottish Outdoor Access Code states dogs shouldn’t be taken into fields with lambs and other young farm animals.

Officers are also liaising with the local Partnership Against Rural Crime Group. We are working with partners to raise awareness of this topic and have been doing engagement patrols with dog owners.”

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact police on 101 quoting reference 2750 of August 10.

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