Owner in court
An man was sentenced to 80 hours community service for allowing four dogs he had responsibility for to seriously injure and kill 17 sheep.
Nicholas Rowley, 56, of East Princes Street, Rothesay, pleaded guilty to the offence at Lochgilphead Sheriff Court under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.
Sheriff Thomas Ward sentenced Rowley to a community pay back order in September, to be completed within three months.
The sheriff expressed frustration that under the current legislation he was unable to impose a prison sentence, nor could he disqualify Rowley from keeping dogs.