Appeal following sheep worrying incident in Fraserburgh

Officers in Aberdeenshire are appealing for information after a recent sheep worrying incident at a field at Philorth Estate, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. A total of 11 lambs died as a result of the attack.

The incident is thought to have happened between 12:00pm on Friday, January 25, and 9:30am on Saturday, January 26.

The dog involved in the sheep worrying attack is believed to have been a German Shepherd-type dog and is described as being large and black and tan in colour. It was chased away and seen running into a wooded area known as Kirktown Wood.

PC Michael Stone said: “A total of 11 young animals have sadly died as a result of this incident and we are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances.

“I would ask that anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident or has any information gets in touch with us on ‘101’ or at Fraserburgh Police Station using reference number ‘CF0023760119’.

“Dog owners are reminded that allowing dogs to chase livestock or be at large among livestock is an offence.

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.

“Livestock owners are legally entitled to protect their animals as necessary – which can result in the destruction of the dog if necessary to protect the lives of other animals.”