Two women have been charged following two separate alleged incidents of sheep-worrying last Friday.
A 47-year-old woman has been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal following an incident in the Netherley area at around 11am on the March 2, which involved a husky.
The incident resulted in the death of five sheep as well as injuries to several other sheep.
A 24-year-old woman has also been charged following a second, separate sheep-worrying incident at around noon in the Stonehaven area on the same day.
No sheep were killed in this incident, however they were chased and distressed by a Gordon Setter.
Constable Liam Mercer said: “Sheep-worrying type incidents obviously have a financial impact on the farmers as well as causing distress to the other animals.
“Farmers are legally entitled to protect their livestock, which can result in the destruction of a dog by shooting it.
“While no farmer wishes to resort to this option, it is an option and one that could quite easily be avoided if owners ensure that they have proper control of their dogs.
“Anyone with concerns or information regarding a sheep-worrying incident should contact police on 101.