Two dogs were seen worrying sheep in a Yetminster field, prompting police to warn dog owners to keep their animals on leads when near livestock.

The sheep worrying was seen at 3.45pm on Thursday, September 3.

Two dogs were described as a brown and white spaniel and a larger, darker dog with pointed ears.

Fortunately a dog belonging to the owner of the sheep chased the dogs away before they could do any harm.

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Sherborne Police have consequently issued a reminder about livestock worrying.

They said: "Livestock worrying is a criminal offence under the Protection of Livestock Act 1953 and does not require an animal to be injured. Allowing a dog to be off a lead or otherwise not under close control in a field or enclosure of sheep is an offence.

"The penalty for livestock worrying can be six months' imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £1,000.

"Sherborne Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to remind all dog owners to ensure their dog is on a lead whenever it is near livestock."