Police hunt young woman after dog attack on sheep

Inquiries are continuing and officers are urging the public to keep their dogs under control
Inquiries are continuing and officers are urging the public to keep their dogs under control

Police are looking for a woman in her mid-twenties following a livestock worrying incident in Fife which left the sheep with such serious injuries it later died.

A loose dog, believed to be similar to a dark Labrador, attacked an ewe leaving serious facial and head injuries. It later died.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Monday 6th May in farm fields near to Colinsburgh, Leven.

Police in Fife are now appealing for more information, and are in particular looking for a woman described as being white, in her mid-twenties with fair shoulder length hair.

It is thought that she was driving a small white van with a registration plate starting with NK08.

Inquiries are continuing and officers are urging the public to keep their dogs under control at all times when around livestock.



Police Scotland Inspector Jane Combe said such incidents are 'unacceptable' and have a financial impact on the farmer.

“It is also extremely distressing to find one of your animals has been mauled,” she said.

“Dogs attacking, chasing and being in close proximity to sheep can all be considered livestock worrying. A dog nearby can cause sheep to panic and flee, resulting in serious injury or even death.”

Inspector Combe added: “All dogs are capable of chasing livestock and they do not understand the impact this can have, however owners do.

“Avoid fields with livestock when out walking and keep dogs on a short lead where this isn't possible.”

The incident follows the Ulster Farmers' Union calling out those dog owners who are 'still allowing' their pets to attack livestock despite numerous national and local campaigns educating the public on the issue.

Last week, a young farmer from Somerset posted photos on social media to highlight the damage loose dogs can do when worrying sheep.



Those with information in relation to this incident can contact Cupar Police Station and quote incident number 1099 of the 7th May. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.