Police are appealing for information following a sheep worrying incident on a farm near Cruden Bay that left one animal with horrific injuries.
It is understood that a dog attacked a sheep near East Sandend Farm some time between Friday and Sunday.
The animal suffered serious facial injuries and had to be put down.
Local police have now appealed for information.
PC Matthew Lewis said: “One animal has sadly died as a result of this incident and we are carrying out inquiries to establish the full circumstances.
“The animal was found in a field which borders the A975 and we would ask that anyone who was in the area over the weekend and witnessed the incident or has any information to get in touch with us by calling 101.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind dog owners of the devastating consequences of a dog attacking, chasing or even being at large in a field where sheep are kept.
“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.”