A DOG has been shot dead and a 27-year-old woman charged following a sheep worrying incident close to Huntly.
Police have reminded dog owners and people walking dogs of the need to keep their animals under control in the countryside.
The pleas come after police received a report at 9am on Wednesday, July 5 of an incident which resulted in injury to two lambs in the Glass area.
Despite concerted efforts to catch the dog, a local gamekeeper was forced to shoot it dead.
PC John Riddell said: "Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land as a last resort to prevent further injury.
"To lose sheep has a significant impact on farmers and their livelihoods, but to lose a much loved family pet causes significant distress to dog owners as well.
"All it can take to avoid distress is to keep dogs on leads or under control, and for dog owners to take the necessary steps to ensure animals cannot run loose."
He advised anyone walking and exercising their dogs in the countryside to ensure they are constantly under control and to avoid going into fields where livestock are grazing.
"It is your responsibility to know where your animal is and what they are doing. At worst, you could end up losing your pet and appearing in court. Anyone with concerns about livestock worrying can contact Police on 101."
A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.