An angry farmer has issued an appeal on Facebook after a loose dog attacked and killed his sheep.
Jonathan Woodmass, who farms on the border between Cumbria and Northumberland, posted pictures of the bloody aftermath to remind dog walkers to keep their pets on leads around livestock.
12 sheep were killed and several others lamed during the incident sometime between August 27 and 28.
The attack follows reports of similar incidents in the area during recent weeks.
Mr Woodmass posted: "A dog has been in the holmes field next to the river and worried some sheep. I’m more than sure the owner will know that their dog has been up to no good.
"It will have a belly full of wool and raw meat and will have had blood over its face. I would like anyone with information to get in touch or the owner to come and see me at Howard House, Gilsland."
A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "It is important that local farmers and dog walkers are made aware of this incident. Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times near livestock as sheep worrying is a criminal offence."
Farmers Guardian is taking the lead by raising awareness among the British public about livestock worrying and speaking up for our readers’ concerns.
Aim of the campaign