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Police make appeal following sheep worrying incident in north-east

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Officers in Aberdeenshire are appealing for information following a recent sheep worrying incident at a field in Fraserburgh.

The attack which happened at a field at Philorth Estate during the weekend resulted in the death of 11 lambs.

A German Shepherd-type dog is believed to have been involved and is described as being “large and black and tan in colour.”

The dog was chased away and ran into a wooded area known as Kirktown Wood.

PC Michael Stone said: “A total of 11 young animals have sadly died as a result of this incident and we are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances.

“I would ask that anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident or has any information gets in touch with us on 101 or at Fraserburgh Police Station using reference number CF0023760119.”

He added: “Dog owners are reminded that allowing dogs to chase livestock or be at large among livestock is an offence. Dogs are naturally curious and have an instinct to attack so it is recommended that they are always kept on a lead under close control.

“Livestock owners are legally entitled to protect their animals, which can result in the destruction of the dog if necessary to protect the lives of other animals.”

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