DOG owners are being reminded to keep animals under control following reports of sheep worrying in the Forth Valley.

It comes after police were called to Kinnell Farm in Killin, Stirlingshire, where a lamb and an ewe were found injured on Wednesday, August 10.

The ewe later had to be put down while officers were also informed about an earlier incident on July 31, when a lamb was found injured in the same field.

Inspector Andrew Bushell said: “These were distressing incidents for the farmer and for those who found the animals.

“Livestock attacks are a priority for us and we’re doing all we can to find out exactly what happened.

“Farmers are legally entitled to protect their livestock which could result in the destruction of a dog.

“No farmer wishes to resort to this option and it can be easily avoided if owners ensure dogs are kept under control at all times and avoid entering fields where livestock is grazing.

“The Scottish Outdoor Access Code states dogs shouldn’t be taken into fields with lambs and other young farm animals.

“Officers are also liaising with the local Partnership Against Rural Crime Group.

“We are working with partners to raise awareness of this topic and have been doing engagement patrols with dog owners.”

Anyone with information regarding the Kinnell Farm incidents is urged to contact police on 101, quoting the reference 2750 of August 10, 2022.