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By Abbey Morton
Farming
Sheep dies in dog attack

CASES of sheep worrying have been reported across the region in the last week.

A sheep in a field near Ae was attacked and killed by a dog on Saturday afternoon.

Police are investigating the incident, which took place at about 12.30 pm in a field adjacent to the A701, near to the road’s junction for Ae village.

Furthermore, overnight from Tuesday October 19 to Wednesday October 20, at a farm in the Waterbeck area, a Suffolk sheep was found to be injured.

A police spokesman said: “The injuries are as a result of what the farmer and vet believe to be a dog attack.

“The sheep has been treated and will recover, and the local wildlife officer is investigating the incident.”

Appeals have been made for information relating to each incident and anyone with any knowledge of either is encouraged to contact police on 101.

Earlier this year a new livestock worrying bill was passed in parliament, which increases penalties to a fine of £40,000 or 12 months imprisonment.

The members’ bill was brought forward by South Scotland MSP Emma Harper, who has said: “Livestock attacks can be devastating financially and emotionally for the farmer involved and is a very serious animal welfare issue.

“I want to make sure that we can best support our farmers in Scotland and to promote the message that a farmer’s field is their factory floor, and while we want dog owners to enjoy Scotland’s beautiful countryside we ask that they do it responsibly.”

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