Airth Lambs killed in attack by dog

The devastating dog attack left at least nine lamb dead
The devastating dog attack left at least nine lamb dead

A distraught farmer is warning dog walkers to keep their animals on a lead after a brutal attack at the weekend left almost a dozen of his lambs dead.

The incident happened just after noon on Sunday in a field at Powbridge Farm, Airth, when a Weimaraner, which had reportedly escaped its owner, ran amok and killed at least two of the flock outright.

It then drove others into the nearby Little Pow river where they drowned.

Robert Steel, of Topps Farm, Fintry Road, Denny, uses the field at Powbridge to graze his animals and had just celebrated his 71st birthday on Saturday.

He was devastated when he heard about the incident, which he fears may have resulted in the death of at least a dozen of his lambs.

“People have got to keep their dogs on a lead around sheep or things like this will happen. They just couldn’t stop this dog.

“If the farmer had a gun he would have shot it there and then.”

Mr Steel had to enlist help to assist him with the grim task of pulling the dead lambs from the water on Tuesday.

A woman, believed to be from the Cumbernauld area, has been charged by police under the 1953 Protection of Livestock Act and 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

The official police report states only six lambs fell victim to the dog.

A police spokesperson said: “We have a report of the Weinmaraner running away from its owner at 10.30 a.m. and then being seen in the field with the sheep at noon.

“The owner regained control of the dog, but not before two sheep died as a result of bite injuries, two drowned in the nearby burn and two more were injured.”