Someone deliberately ripped out a lamb's ear tag and dumped it in a remote field in Beaminster after it had been attacked by a dog.

The lamb had to be put down after it was found days after the attack.

The RSPCA was alerted to the field in Beaminster where there was an injured lamb. The field was in a very remote area with no other sheep near it.

After close inspection by the RSPCA and the assistance of a local vet, it was determined that the lamb had most likely been attacked by a dog some days prior.

What's more, someone had deliberately ripped out its ear tag and dumped the lamb in a random field so that it could not be traced back to the farmer.

When the lamb was found, it was suffering from septicaemia and shock due to the injuries caused.

It had to be euthanised.

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A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "The vet believes the injuries were consistent with that of a dog attack, roughly two to three days old and there was unnecessary suffering caused to this lamb.

"I will take this opportunity to remind the public that livestock worrying is a criminal offence, and the penalty for livestock worrying can be up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £1,000."

The police are appealing to anybody who may know any information about this incident to report it to them by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 55230046943.

If you see a dog worrying or attacking livestock, you should report it to police on either 999 or 101.