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Nine lambs and two pregnant sheep die in 'dog attack'

Dog owners asked to come forward after sheep worrying incident near Banff on Friday.

Attacked: Police appeal over 'tragic incident' (file pic).
Attacked: Police appeal over 'tragic incident' (file pic). ITV News

A suspected dog attack has killed nine lambs and two pregnant adult sheep.

Police have appealed for information over the sheep worrying incident between 9.30am and 2.30pm on Friday, April 14, at Cornhill near Banff in Aberdeenshire.

Dog owners who were in the area have been asked to come forward if their dog had any blood in or around its mouth following the incident.

Sergeant Morag Clark from the Banff Community Policing Team said: "I would urge anyone who was in the area on Friday, including all dog owners and those exercising dogs, to come forward with any information they may have regarding this tragic incident.

"Eleven animals have died and there's no doubt any dog responsible would have had blood around its mouth or on its coat.

"It is in every dog's instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals."

She continued: "It's important we all recognise the devastating consequences of a dog attacking, chasing or even being at large in a field where sheep are kept.

"When enjoying the countryside, especially if there's sheep or lambs around, dogs are recommended to be kept on a lead or at the very minimum, under close control."

Anyone with any information about this incident has been asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or if you want to remain anonymous, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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