An ear which was ripped from a lamb by a dog is being kept on ice and a search is under way for the injured animal.
It’s hoped the sheep can be found and a vet can stitch the ear back on, and the animal saved.
The incident happened around 3pm on Sunday and police have appealed for witnesses.
Police Scotland say two men in their early 20s were seen walking three out-of-control dogs over the hill between Martin’s Bridge and Hawick Moor.
One of the dogs, said police, attacked a lamb on the Moor and tore its ear. It is being kept on ice, but the farmer is still searching for the mutilated animal.
The area is well used by walkers and police believe a number of people will have seen what happened.
Constable Brian Murray said: “This incident has not only caused considerable distress to the sheep and its owner, it has also caused destruction to the farmer’s property.
“We are appealing for witnesses to contact is immediately. A vet may still be able to save the sheep and attach its ear.”
z Information can be passed to police on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.