Police in Ross-shire are appealing for information after a number of sheep were killed on farmland near Ardgay
Twelve rare breed sheep were killed in the incident, as was a tame deer which was kept in the same field in the Gruinards area.
The incident happened sometime between 10pm on Friday, April 27, and 10am on Monday, April 30.
The animals had suffered injuries consistent with being attacked by a dog or dogs.
They were kept in a field near the River Carron, close to a path regularly used by dog walkers.
Sergeant Charlotte Fisher said: “Incidents like this cause an unnecessary financial impact on farmers as well as an emotional one - nobody wants to have to deal with the aftermath of an attack like this.
“I would remind dog owners that allowing their pet to attack or chase livestock is an offence.
“Farmers are legally entitled to protect livestock and this can result in the destruction of a dog.
“Anyone exercising their dogs in rural areas should make sure they keep their dogs under close control and on a lead if walking near livestock to prevent incident like this from occurring.
“Enquires into this recent incident are ongoing and anybody who has information is asked to call police in Alness on 101, quoting NE3368/18, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”