Published: 18/04/2017 09:04 - Updated: 18/04/2017 09:08

Cornhill sheep worrying incident

POLICE in Aberdeenshire are appealing for information after what is believed to be a dog attack on sheep near Cornhill.

Dogs should be kept on a lead around sheep.
Dogs should be kept on a lead around sheep.

Nine lambs were killed and two pregnant sheep later died following the incident which is believed to have taken place between 9.30am and 2.30pm on Friday, April 14 in a field near Cornhill.

Sergeant Morag Clark from the Banff Community Policing Team said: "I would urge anyone who was in the area on Friday, including all dog owners and those exercising dogs, to come forward with any information they may have regarding this tragic incident.

"Eleven animals have died and there’s no doubt any dog responsible would have had blood around its mouth or on its coat.

"It is in every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.

"It’s important we all recognise the devastating consequences of a dog attacking, chasing or even being at large in a field where sheep are kept. When enjoying the countryside, especially if there’s sheep or lambs around, dogs should be kept on a lead or at the very minimum, under close control."

Anyone with any information should call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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