An appeal for information has been launched after a sheep had to be put down due to significant injuries sustained near a north-east farm.
The incident occurred some time between Friday and Sunday, and is understood to have involved a dog attack on a sheep near East Sandend Farm in Cruden Bay.
It had to be put down after sustaining facial injuries.
PC Matthew Lewis said: “One animal has sadly died as a result of this incident and we are carrying out inquiries to establish the full circumstances.
“The animal was found in a field which borders the A975 and we would ask that anyone who was in the area over the weekend and witnessed the incident or has any information gets in touch with us on 101 quoting reference number CF027871118.
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“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind dog owners of the devastating consequences of a dog attacking, chasing or even being at large in a field where sheep are kept.
“Dogs are naturally curious and have an instinct to attack so it is recommended that they are always kept on a lead under close control.”