Police Scotland would like to remind dog owners and people walking dogs in the countryside to keep their animals under control.
The pleas come after police received a report at 9am yesterday morning (Wednesday 5 July 2017) of an incident which resulted in injury to two lambs in the Glass area, near Huntly.
Despite concerted efforts to catch the dog, regrettably, a local gamekeeper was forced to shoot dead the dog involved.
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, and for dog 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 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. At worst, you could end up losing your pet and appearing in court. Anyone with concerns about livestock worrying can contact Police on 101."
A Dog Owners leaflet from Scottish Natural Heritage can be accessed HERE.
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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function. Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community. These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues. They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.