A Gifford dog owner who watched on as his Staffordshire bull terrier ripped a sheep’s throat out has been allowed to keep his pets.
Neil Fairgrieve was out walking his two Staffordshire bull terriers near to his home when one of the dogs attacked the sheep.
A gamekeeper who watched the incident through binoculars rushed to the scene, but was unable to save the animal, which was so badly injured it had to be put down.
Fairgrieve (40) pleaded guilty at Haddington Sheriff Court to being the owner of two Staffordshire bull terriers which worried sheep, chasing them, cornering one and one dog causing injury to the sheep so severe it had to be destroyed at moorland near Faseny Bridge on August 11, 2013.
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