Bid to trace owner after dog mauls sheep

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FIFE Police have issued an appeal for help in tracing the irresponsible owner who allowed his dog to maul a sheep and a lamb so badly that they had to be destroyed.

The attack happened in the Falkland area and was the latest in a series of similar incidents.

Police say that the injuries to the sheep were so horrific that the dog’s owner must have known what had happened.

PC Suzy O’Brien said: “The injuries to these animals, particularly the adult sheep, were so significant that the owner could not fail to note the contaminants on their dog from contact with this sheep.”

Police highlighted the case as part of a campaign to encourage more responsible dog ownership, especially during the warm weather.

They say their contact centre has been indundated with calls from worried members of the public about dogs being left in cars and are reminding owners that it can only take minutes for the build-up of heat to cause dehydration and death.

Meanwhile police in Levenmouth are also trying to track down the owner of a small female German Shepherd was found tethered to a tree in a distressed state.

It was severely underweight and had a fabric muzzle on, which completely restricted the dogs ability to pant and dissipate heat.

PC Judson Howie said: “Dogs have no sweat glands and have to pant to lose heat.

“They are very prone to heat stroke and to abandon a dog with no water and an inability to keep cool beggars belief.

“This happened at the height of the day when it was extremely hot and the dog was unable to drink or re-hydrate due to the tight muzzle”.