Kent Police are reminding dog walkers that farmers have the right to shoot dogs that are causing distress to their sheep.
It comes as lambing season gets underway, when an attack on a pregnant ewe could cause farmers large financial losses.
Owners can also be prosecuted if pets are let off their leads in a field of sheep.
The force receives an average of six reports of sheep-worrying per month.
• Under the Animals Act 1971, a person acting to protect livestock may be able to kill or injure a dog that he/she reasonably believes is ‘worrying’ without incurring any criminal or civil liability.