A farmer shot dead four dogs after a sheep was killed and another attacked in Dumfries and Galloway.

Police were informed of the incident in the Moffat area at around 8.40am on Sunday, July 9.

A number of dogs were roaming unaccompanied in the area, four of whom were shot as a result of the livestock attack.

Officers took in the remaining six and they are now being taken care of at local kennels.

Livestock worrying has been illegal in Scotland since 2021, when the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2021 came into force.

Under this legislation, owners of dogs that attack or worry livestock can be fined up to £40,000 or even sent to prison for up to 12 months.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 8.40am on Sunday, July 9, officers were made aware of a sheep being killed and another being attacked in the Moffat area after a number of dogs were found roaming unaccompanied.

“Four of the dogs were shot and destroyed as a result of this incident.

“Officers attended and safely secured six of the dogs who are being cared for by local kennels.

“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

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