Sheep and lambs chased by dog near Machrihanish

Stock photograph of sheep.

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Police are appealing to dog owners to keep their pets under control at all times after another incident of sheep worrying in Kintyre.

Last Sunday it was reported that a dog was chasing sheep and lambs on the hill near Killypole Loch near Machrihanish.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Thankfully, on this occasion, no animals were injured but with lambing season having just finished, the following advice is particularly important but it applies all year round: Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control at all times and they should be kept on a close lead when anywhere near livestock.

‘It is particularly important at lambing time for owners to keep dogs well away from sheep because even just the sight of a dog in the distance can be enough to panic sheep and scare them away from their lambs.

‘Sheep – and other livestock – worrying obviously impacts on the animals but there is an emotional and financial impact on the farmer and any witnesses.’

The spokesperson added that it was a criminal offence for dogs to be allowed to attack or chase livestock, and for dogs to be ‘at large’, meaning not on a lead or otherwise under close control, in a field in which there are sheep.

Dog owners can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000, and can also be held financially liable for damages caused by a dog.