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Farmer shoots dog after it kills 10 of his sheep

Police say dogs should be kept on a lead when crossing farm land Photo: ITV West Country

A Gloucestershire farmer shot a dog after it attacked sheep and lambs in his field.

The dog, an Alsatian, was shot after it attacked and killed sheep and lambs on a farm in Wotton Under Edge.

The dog was an Alsatian - the breed pictured Credit: PA Images

Farmers are entitled to shoot dogs under the Animals Act 1971 in order to protect their livestock from being killed.

Farmers can shoot dogs to protect their livestock Credit: ITV West Country

The dog’s owner has been traced and an agreement on compensation and damages is being reached.

Dog walkers are advised to always keep their dogs on a lead when crossing farm land, to stay to the designated footpath or right of way and to ensure that all gates are properly secured after they have been used.