Northumbria Police have released an image of a man they hope to trace following a case of sheep worrying.
Officers received reports of a “mauled” sheep left for dead, with injuries consistent of a dog attack.
The incident occurred at Hot Bank Farm, near Steel Rigg car park, at around 9am on October 7th.
A police spokesperson said: “Enquiries into the incident are ongoing. We have now released an image of a man we wish to speak with.”
“He was in the area at the time of the incident and could have information that can assist. Meanwhile, we’re issuing a reminder to rural dog owners and those who choose to exercise their dogs in the countryside that they must ensure they are under control at all times and avoid going into fields where livestock are grazing.”
“The worrying of sheep and other livestock not only has an obvious financial and emotional impact on farmers when their animals are killed or injured, but also has an effect on the animals themselves, their productivity and welfare.”
“We are committed to ensuring all reported cases of livestock being attacked by dogs are thoroughly investigated and offenders robustly dealt with.”
“The man, or anyone who knows him, should contact us on 101 quoting log 50 081020.”