Man charged after sheep worrying incident near Turriff

A 34-year-old man has been charged after 65 lambs were attacked during a sheep worrying incident near Turriff on Friday

Police Scotland can confirm that a 34-year-old man has been charged after 65 lambs were attacked during a 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 December 15, 2017.

The two dogs which were involved had to be humanely destroyed by the farmer who unfortunately had no option in order to prevent further loss of livestock.

A 34-year-old man was subsequently charged in connection with the incident and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Sergeant Caroline Gray, of the Banff Community Policing Team, said

Sheep worrying not only has obvious financial impact on farmers where livestock is killed or injured, 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.

All it can take to avoid distress in any case is to keep dogs on leads or under control, and for owners to take the necessary steps to ensure animals cannot run loose. 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.

Anyone with concerns about livestock worrying can contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain anonymous.

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