Pet owners have been warned by police to keep their dogs on leads around livestock after a farmer shot a dog caught attacking his sheep.
A large husky killed a lamb and attacked a number of ewes on a farm in the Cotswolds before the farmer was forced to shoot the dog on Monday (March 26).
A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said the farmer had tried to catch the dog but was unable to do so.
He had decided the only way to protect his livestock was to shoot the dog.
The dog’s owner has been identified, has apologised to the farmer and arrangements have been made to compensate him for his loss.
Officers from Gloucestershire Police are warning dog owners to keep their pets on leads when near livestock - especially at this time of the year.
PC Ashley Weller, Wildlife Crime Officer for the Cotswolds, said: “Every year farmers suffer the consequences of irresponsible dog owners, with many of their sheep being attacked and killed or losing their unborn young.
“Once again we are appealing to all dog owners to keep their pets on leads when they are near any livestock, no matter how much you trust them. This is for your own sake as well as the farm animals.
“It is an offence to allow your dog to worry livestock and farmers have legal rights, under certain conditions, to shoot the dog if they feel the livestock is in danger.
“In Monday’s incident the farmer did everything he could to try and catch the dog, but as a last resort had no choice but to shoot it to prevent more of his flock being killed.
"There is still a strong possibility the pregnant ewes will miscarry over the next few days."