Several sheep have had to be put down after a dog attacked and savaged a flock in Garvagh, Co. Derry.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of an attack on sheep in the Ballerin Road area of Garvagh on Monday, November 20.

It's thought that more than one dog may have been involved in the incident in which a number of sheep were injured at a farm in Shanlongford.

Several of the animals had to be subsequently put down.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the force was encouraging farmers to take measures to protect their property.


Police in Limavady are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or who may have information which may assist their enquiries, to contact them on 101 quoting the reference number '276 of 21/11/2017'.

It comes days after PSNI officers launched an appeal for the return of 'hundreds' of sheep stolen from Ballyward, Co. Down.

The sheep went missing from the Ballyward area more than two weeks ago, but have not yet appeared.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Inspector Leslie Badger said: “The incident was reported to police on November 6, but it is thought the theft may have happened sometime within the previous week.

“If you can help us with our enquiries please call the 101 number, quoting the reference number '303 of 6/11/17'.

“Alternatively information about the crime can be passed on via the independent Crimestoppers charity on: 0800-555111.”