Dog-owners are asked to take special care when walking dogs as farmers and crofters prepare for the lambing season.

Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands MSP, said: “Every year farmers and crofters are left dealing with the heart-breaking consequences of uncontrolled dogs savaging their lambs.

“It is incumbent on dog-owners to ensure that their pets are fully under control when walking anywhere near livestock, particularly at this time of year. 

“Even dogs which are normally well-behaved have been known to unexpectedly attack livestock, so it is really important that people exercise caution.

“It is the owners’ responsibility for their dogs’ behaviour and they should remember that livestock worrying can be a criminal offence.

“I very much hope dog-owners take note and we have an incident-free season this year.”