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Ellon Police highlight punishments for sheep worrying as man (26) charged for incident which harmed 30 sheep


By Lewis McBlane

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ELLON police have charged a 26 year old man after a sheep worrying incident which left 30 sheep injured or dead.

Sheep worrying puts both livestock and dogs at risk, and could cost dog owners £40,000.
Sheep worrying puts both livestock and dogs at risk, and could cost dog owners £40,000.

The 26 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal over the incident, which was reported to the police on Sunday, April 17.

PC Kelman of Ellon Police Station said: "I would like to remind people the importance of keeping their dogs under suitable control when around livestock.

"This is especially important during lambing season as it causes severe distress to the pregnant sheep, ultimately causing miscarriage or abortion."

Police Scotland has been working with Aberdeenshire Council's team of dog wardens to crack down on similar incidents.

Punishments for sheep worrying can be severe. If a dog attacks livestock owners can face an up to £40,000 fine or up to 12 months in prison.

The news comes as Aberdeenshire farmers shared their worries over risks to new lambs from uncontrolled dogs.




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