Issued by: Central Scotland Police
Date: 16 April 2012
Central Scotland Police is urging dog owners to keep their pets on leads when walking near livestock.
Over a six-week period there have been nine reported incidents where fourteen sheep have been killed, ten injured and several chased.
Seven of the incidents have taken place in the Stirling area, with a further two – one in Slamannan and one in Dollar.
Constable Paul Barr, the Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park police officer, said: "This is currently the lambing season and dog owners should take all steps to prevent their animals from escaping when near to livestock. If dogs are being walked in areas with livestock they should be kept under close control, preferably on a lead. The mere sight of a dog running loose in a field containing sheep can cause panic, injury and abortion in pregnant ewes. Members of the public are advised not to take a dog into a field where young livestock are present."
A 35-year-old man from Fallin has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal after two dogs killed three sheep and injured seven others. A 53-year-old woman from Drymen has also been reported to the Procurator Fiscal after her dog chased a number of sheep.
Constable Barr added: "Farmers are entitled to shoot a dog if there is no other way to prevent livestock from being injured. Although the term "sheep worrying" is used, the reality is that the sheep are chased to exhaustion and then eaten to death by a dog or dogs. This must be an excruciating death for the animal and causes a great deal of distress for farmers as well as a financial loss."
Anyone with information can contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The incidents are as follows:
February 29, 2012 – Drymen - One sheep killed and three injured
March 7, 2012 – Drymen - One sheep killed
March 7, 2012 – Bannockburn – 35-year-old male from Fallin reported to Procurator Fiscal following an incident where two dogs killed three sheep and injured seven others
March 7 to March 8, 2012 – Blanefield - One sheep killed
March 17, 2012 – Drymen – 53-year-old female reported to the Procurator Fiscal after her dog chased a number of sheep
March 27, 2012 – Slamannan - Two sheep killed
March 27, 2012 – Dollar - Sheep chased
April 4, 2012 – Killearn - One sheep killed
April 12, 2012 – Drymen - Two ewes and three lambs killed.