Published: 06/07/2017 11:14 - Updated: 06/07/2017 11:19

Dog shot dead by gamekeeper

Sheep thefts are on the rise in Moray.A DOG was shot dead and two lambs were injured following a sheep worrying incident in Glass on Wednesday morning.

Police have now sent out an official reminder to dog owners to keep their pets under control in the countryside.

A force spokesman said that, despite concerted efforts to catch the dog, a local gamekeeper was regrettably forced to shoot it.

A 27-year-old woman has now been charged and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

PC John Riddell from the local community policing team said: “Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land as a last resort to prevent further injury.

“To lose sheep has a significant impact on farmers and their livelihoods, but to lose a much loved family pet causes significant distress to dog owners as well.

“All it can take to avoid distress is to keep dogs on leads or under control.

"My advice to anyone walking and exercising their dogs in the countryside is to ensure 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 and what they are doing.”

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