Dog owners warned after spate of attacks

Dog owners in Fife are being urged to control their pets after incidents where livestock have been attacked.

Officers in north east Fife have received a number of complaints from farmers following dog attacks on their animals.

Members of the public have also been targeted recently, prompting police to warn owners of the consequences should their pet go out of control.

Cupar community officer PC Stuart Bruce said: “Sadly, this type of incident is becoming more common and is of particular concern at this time of year, as we are in the midst of lambing season.

“Along with the distress or injury caused to the sheep, there is likely to be a financial impact on the part of the farmers.

“The most recent incident occurred near Anstruther and saw several sheep being chased into a stream by a dog, with tragic consequences.”

Fellow community officer PC Jayne Thompson said: “It is not only sheep which are being attacked.

“A 67-year-old man recently received a serious bite to one of his arms after being bitten by a large dog.

“The owner of the dog is now being reported to the procurator fiscal and I would like to thank the members of the public who came forward with information and assisted us to identify the man responsible.

“I would ask all dog owners to act responsibly when out and about.”

Anybody with information regarding recent dog attacks is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.