POLICE are still appealing for witnesses after a number of sheep were killed and other injured by wild dogs at a farm in Barr.

It is believed that a grey dog believed to be a Lurcher, and a tan and black dog described as a Rottweiler, attacked the animals at around 7am last Monday, March 6.

Sergeant Alan McDowall said: “I would advise farmers across the Barr and Straiton areas to continue to be vigilant and to take the usual precautions to protect their livestock.

"We are aware that livestock worrying has previously been under-reported and that farmers can be reluctant to contact police. This is often down to the fact that in many cases where dogs attempt to chase sheep, no physical damage occurs.

“Please do not hesitate to contact us with your concerns. We investigate every reported case of livestock worrying and understand the devastating consequences should these incidents result in the death of livestock.”

“The Scottish Outdoor Access Code says that dogs shouldn’t be taken into fields where there are lambs or other young farm animals and I would remind all dog owners to ensure their dogs are under control at all times."

Anyone with concerns should contact police via 101. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.