Two lambs dead in shocking dog attack

Unruly dogs can have a devastating effect on livestock
Unruly dogs can have a devastating effect on livestock

Police are appealing for help in tracking down the owner of a dog that killed two lambs on a farm near Leslie.

The dog, described as a lurcher type, was seen running towards the back of Collydean, Glenrothes, following the attack, which happened at Hanging Myre Farm on the south side of the Lomond Hills.

Said PC Stuart Bruce: “These types of offences are being dealt with robustly as inappropriate use of land has been set as a policing priority by the rural communities.

“People are urged to use land sensibly and to keep proper control of their dog at all times.

“This offence can have a devastating consequence on both the livelihood of the farmer, and the welfare of the animal.

“Ewes and lambs can be stressed by the actions of dog walkers, and as in this case the may result in the death of the animals.”

The issue of sheep worrying was highlighted as a priority at a countryside engagement meeting held at Falkland Estate in April attended by around 40 farmers, landowners and other interested parties.

Hosted by PC Bruce and PC Steven Tufft, the event was organised to build on Police Scotland’s NEF Ruralwatch initiative, a seven-point plan to tackle crimes and incidents specific to rural communities, such as fly-tipping, off-road motorbikes and vehicle theft as well as sheep worrying.

Anyone with any information about the latest incident is urged to contact the police on 101.