Alpaca and sheep mauled to death in suspected dog attacks on farm

An alpaca and a sheep were mauled to death in a suspected dog attack on a farm.

Officers were called to the scene in Currie, Edinburgh, after the body of the alpaca was found over the weekend.

Police Scotland confirmed the incident happened just before 6pm on Saturday (October 15).

They said enquiries, including those into the death of the sheep on the same land, are ongoing, reports EdinburghLive.

A force statement said: “Around 5.55 pm on Saturday, 15 October 2022, a report was made to police that an alpaca had been killed in what was believed to be a dog attack at a farm in Kirkgate, Currie, Edinburgh.

“Enquiries into that, and the death of a sheep on the same farm, are continuing.”

Dog walkers have been warned they face fines of up to £40,000 or even prison terms of up to a year if their pet attacks or worries livestock.

The alpaca was killed in a field next to Lymphoy House, with such occurrences common.

The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2021 came into force on November 5, 2021 to deal with the rising issue of out-of-control dogs attacking and worrying livestock.

Under this law, the term livestock includes a number of animals including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses to name a few.

Alpacas and llamas fall under livestock too.

On Police Scotland’s website it says: “It’s important for dog owners to be aware that livestock are valuable assets and any harm to them could significantly affect the livestock owner’s livelihood.“

The Scottish SPCA have also issued many reminders and warnings over the last few years about keeping dogs under control after attacks on livestock and wildlife.

In April 2020, Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Amy Stirton said: “Pandemic or not, people should not let their dog off-lead if they cannot control them. I have now attended two deer in as many weeks which have been brought down by dogs.”

Another plea to keep dogs under control was published in October 2021, after a badger died from a dog attack.

Animal rescue officer Lindsay Kerr said: “Being attacked by a dog is a horrendous way for this badger to die. She will have been extremely distressed and suffering massive amounts of pain and fear.

“We would urge local dog owners to ensure their dogs are kept on a lead around wild animals at all times and that they make sure they have sight of their dog and can reliably recall it when needed if it is off lead.”

The SSPCA wrote: “If your dog does attack a wild animal by accident then please contact us immediately so we can provide treatment to the animal as soon as possible.

“Anyone who finds an animal in distress can call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 in the strictest confidence.”

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