Police are appealing for information after 12 sheep were killed after they were involved in a dog attack in a Ribble Valley field.
Two ewes and their five full term lambs plus five other full term lambs aborted as a result of the attack which happened between 6 am and 3-30 pm on Friday in a field between Wiswell and Pendleton.
Clitheroe PCSO Di Bioletti, who has released photos of the aftermath of the attack, said: “This photo is upsetting enough – but it has been edited as the reality is too upsetting to publish.
“There is no excuse for letting a dog worry sheep. Ewes are lambing now so are even more vulnerable to dog attacks.
“Injury caused by a dog worrying any stock – including sheep, horses, cattle, poultry – is classed as a criminal matter and is dealt with accordingly.”
She added: “The total cost to the farmer in monetary terms is significant, but in terms of the time and effort that has gone into the breeding of a flock it can be soul destroying. In this case one of the ewes was a pedigree whose bloodline cannot be replaced.”
Anyone who saw anything which may lead the police to identify the dog or the owner should please call 101 quoting reference EG1601208.