37 lambs killed in alleged sheep worrying attack

A 34-year-old man has been charged after 65 lambs were attacked during an alleged sheep worrying incident in the Turriff area.

Officers received a report that 37 lambs had died and 28 injured during an incident at a farm on Friday.

The two dogs involved in the incident were humanely destroyed by the farmer in order to prevent further loss of livestock.

Sergeant Caroline Gray, of the Banff Community Policing Team, said: “Sheep worrying not only has obvious financial impact on farmers 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.”

She added: “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.

“I would urge 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.”