Lamb loses ear after dog attack

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Hawick police are appealing for witnesses following a sheep-worrying incident on Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred on Sunday, January 4, at around 12.40pm and involved a texel ewe lamb belonging to Alan Smith who farms at Crumhaugh Hill Farm.

Two men in their early twenties were seen walking three dogs, a grey lurcher, a brindle boxer cross and a fawn terrier, while walking from Martin’s Bridge over the hill towards Hawick Moor. 

One of the dogs attacked the lamb in what is known as the Pony Field, tearing its ear off in the process.

The ear has since been recovered, and is currently being kept on ice for forensic purposes.

Farmer Alan Smith, who has farmed in the area since the 1980s, told the Hawick News: “The lamb has one ear ripped off completely and the other has been torn. She is alive but it is distressing. To be honest we don’t get a lot of this type of thing. We had to have a sheep put down at the end of February last year after it was attacked by dogs but in general we have been quite lucky. I would appeal to members of the public to be on the lookout. We have no problem with people walking on the farm as long as their dogs are under control. When there is stock in fields dogs should be on leads.”

PC Brian Murray said: “This incident has not only caused considerable distress to the sheep and its owner, it has also caused destruction to the farmer’s property. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.