Dog believed to be behind attack which killed five sheep at Borders farm

Five sheep have been killed and several more injured during an incident of sheep worrying at a Peeblesshire farm this week.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 1:33 pm
The incident happened near Eddleston.

The attacks took place between 1pm on Sunday, November 17, and 12pm the following day, at Winkston Farm between Eddleston and Leadburn.

Police believe the sheep suffered injuries consistent with having been inflicted by a dog.

Sergeant David Rourke from Peebles police station said: “Instances of sheep worrying are never acceptable. They cause farmers personal heartache, and often substantial and ongoing financial loss and often lead to the death of animals as in this case.

“Anyone exercising their dogs in rural areas should make sure they keep their pets under close control and on a lead if walking near livestock to prevent incident like this from occurring.

“In any instance of detected sheep worrying, dog owners are liable to prosecution for failing to keep their dogs under control.

“We would urge anyone who believes they may have information relating to this incident to contact police on 101, quoting incident 1,349 of Monday, November 18, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”