A farmer has described the ‘utter carnage’ left by three dogs which attacked more than 30 sheep and killed at least nine.
Ayrshire farmer Alister Orr posted images showing the aftermath of the savage attack on Facebook and appealed to dog walkers to keep their pets under control when out walking.
Mr Orr, who farms in the Dalrymple area, said three German Shepherd dogs were seen attacking the flock on Saturday evening.
The dogs killed nine sheep and five more were severely injured. The dogs chased a further 21 sheep into a nearby burn.
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Mr Orr said he hoped that by publishing the details and horrific images online, it ‘might make pet owners think and ensure all dogs are in safe and secure before going out or to bed’.
The posts have been shared thousands of times on social media.
It is believed the dogs were not seized by the police.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said they were investigating the incident.
Sgt William Deans from the Cumnock Community Policing team said “At around 11:40 pm on Saturday February 20, police responded to a report of dogs barking excessively at a farm in the Dalrymple area.
"Upon attendance officers discovered a number of dead and injured sheep. After an investigation, a 56-year-old man from Ayrshire is being reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with this recent incident, but I want to remind all dog owners of the requirement to ensure dogs are properly controlled.
"We would also encourage people to be careful of not leaving gates open and reporting any damage they might find; and for people who live and work in rural areas to ensure they keep their land and property secure, and report any crimes or concerns to local officers."
Farmers have been reminded to call 999 if an attack is in progress. Call 101 for non-emergencies.
Farmers Guardian’s Take the Lead campaign was launched two years ago to educate the public about the impact of dog attacks on livestock.
FG's latest research shows attacks have continued to rise, with more than 2,000 attacks reported to police in the last two years.
The initiative, which urges people to keep their dogs on a lead when walking around farm animals, has been supported by leading farming and rural organisations including the National Sheep Association (NSA) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
More than 45,000 Take the Lead campaign signs warning walkers about the consequences of livestock worrying have been nailed to fence posts around Britain.
FG remains committed to driving down the number of incidents and we have been working with police to educate officers about the seriousness of the crime and its impact on farmers and the countryside.
The FG team is currently lobbying MPs to see the issue debated in Parliament and we are calling for tougher penalties for owners whose dogs harm livestock.