Six sheep killed and several injured at Scottish farm in suspected dog attack

Officers in the area are appealing for witnesses.

Thursday, 10th September 2020, 1:45 pm

Six sheep have been killed and several injured in what is believed to have been a sheep worrying incident in the Scottish Borders.

The suspected attack on the livestock happened at Halmyre Mains Farm, West Linton, between 5pm on the 4th September and 5pm the following day.

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Officers are urging the public to keep an eye on their dog at all times if it’s off a lead and to keep it under control when walking in an area where there is livestock.

Six sheep killed and several injured during suspected worrying incident in the Scottish Borders

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this incident or anyone who may have information in relation to this incident. If you have information you can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting Incident 2699 5th September 2020. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers Anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Dog owners are asked to be aware of the effects of sheep-worrying, and let others know too.

"Make sure you know where your dog is at all times. If you're letting your dog off the lead be confident there are no livestock nearby. Be sure that your dog will return to you promptly on command and if in doubt, keep them on the lead.”

Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them, according to the National Sheep Association.

The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep.

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