Police are urging dog owners to keep their animals under control following an incident where a sheep sustained serious injuries in Leslie.
Some time overnight between Monday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 6 at the West Balgothrie Farm a ewe sustained significant facial injuries after being attacked by a dog. As a result of the injuries, the sheep was put down by a local vet.
Community sergeant Kenny Greig said: “This was a particularly vicious attack, which caused the animal in question considerable pain and distress.
“We are thankful that there are many responsible dog owners in our area, but we would like to remind everyone of the importance of making sure they are in full control of their pet at all times.
“Offences relating to dogs are taken very seriously by Police Scotland and I would warn dog owners to adhere to our advice as action will be taken should any offences be reported.”
Owners walking dogs in rural areas are advised to always ensure their pet is under control where there are livestock or wild animals, particularly during lambing season.