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Badenoch MSP concerned about rise in sheep worrying in Highlands

By Gavin Musgrove

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Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes has urged dog owners to be responsible when out walking their pets after Police Scotland reported a sheep worrying incident near Kincraig.

Last week officers confirmed on social media a report of sheep worrying close to the Speyside Way in Kincraig – a popular walking route.

According to statistics from the Crown Office, the number of offences of dogs attacking livestock have increased by over 40 per cent from 2008 to 2018.

There were 28 recorded instances at farms in the Highlands in 2018.

Ms Forbes MSP said: “Sheep worrying is an issue that affects farmers and crofters in my constituency.

"Most dog walkers are careful and caring – but sadly not all appear to be, based on the number of attacks in the Highlands – including this latest incident at Kincraig.

“The consequences of an off lead dog in a field of livestock can be devastating and traumatic for both the farmer and their animals.

“These attacks affect farmers financially and emotionally when farming is tough enough. It is thoughtless, selfish and foolish not to put a lead on a dog when near livestock.

“Anyone who witnesses such a crime should report it to police on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.”

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