Farmer tells of anger after lamb killed and six injured in attack

Farmer Sandy Brown said the circumstances of the lamb’s death are ‘frustrating and worrying’.
Farmer Sandy Brown said the circumstances of the lamb’s death are ‘frustrating and worrying’.

An Aberdeen farmer today spoke of his devastation after a newborn lamb was killed and six others were injured following an attack by a dog.

Sheep farmer Sandy Brown, 46, of Holmhead Farm in Bucksburn said the lamb died after being bitten on the neck and head.

Sandy, who has owned the farm since 1999, has more than 300 sheep and suffered a similar incident in September last year when nine sheep were injured while a further 36 were wounded.

He was today appealing for information in a bid to help find the owner of the dog.

The dog is described as being medium to large and dark in colour while its owner was said to be wearing a dark jacket and light hat.

And Sandy said the dog would have been partly covered in blood following the incident on Wednesday evening.

He said: “It’s very frustrating and quite worrying. We have a lot of dog walkers and 99% are responsible.

“Nobody has come forward to apologise or put this right.

“The person knows they have done it.

“There was blood involved and the dog would have had blood on it.

“It’s upsetting to lose them because it’s a problem getting them up and going but once they’re alive you shouldn’t be losing them.

“The sheep are petrified after an attack like that.”

Two of the injured lambs are in a critical condition and one of them is not expected to survive.

Sandy added: “I just hope the person comes forward and I hope people can help.

“The injured sheep were traumatised and one was only one-month-old.”

Pc Gareth Wilkinson said: “I would appeal for anyone who may have information about this incident to contact the force as a matter of urgency.

“The worrying of sheep and any other livestock obviously has a significant financial impact on farmers when their animals are killed or injured, and the emotional distress can be immeasurable.

“Dog owners have a duty to keep their pets under control and on a lead around livestock at all times.

“Failing to do so can result in this worst-case scenario. I would urge anyone who can help identify this dog and its owner to contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.