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Farmer executes couple’s dog after pet killed 4 sheep and lamb

By Mason White 5:55 PM April 26, 2017
Sheep (illustration)
Sheep (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

A couple is facing charges after allowing their pet dog to attack lamb and sheep on a farm, according to police in Scotland.

Police officers in Aberdeenshire, are warning dog owners and people walking dogs in the countryside to keep their animals under control.

The plea comes after police received a report of an incident that occurred on Monday around 7:30 a.m., which resulted in the death of two sheep and several lamb.

The farmer was forced to shoot dead the pet Husky Rottweiler Cross dog involved in the attack.

PC Dean McHugh, from the Community Policing Team, said: “Farmers are within their right to shoot dogs that could attack sheep on their land as a last resort to prevent further injury. To lose sheep and lamb has a significant impact on farmers and their livelihoods, but to lose a much-loved pet causes huge upset for dog owners as well.

“All it can take to avoid this distress is to keep dogs on leashes or under control, and for owners to take the necessary steps to ensure animals cannot run loose. My advice to anyone walking and exercising their dogs in the countryside is to ensure that they are constantly under control and to avoid going into fields where livestock are grazing.

“It is your responsibility to know where your animal is or risk being charged in court.”

A 25-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman have been charged in connection with the alleged incident and other previous incidents in which eight sheep were killed by their dog.