DOGS owners are being warned they could be prosecuted and their pet shot following an outbreak of sheep worrying in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Five sheep have been killed by dogs in two weeks on land off Caverswall Common near Caverswall.
The sheep all had injuries consistent with being mauled by a dog. All the attacks took place at night.
It is believed someone has been damaging the stiles to get into the field with their dogs.
“The fact that entry to the field has been forced leads us to believe this is deliberate, “ said an RSPCA spokesman.
“Dog owners should remember that they could be prosecuted and their dog shot if they are caught worrying sheep.”
The RSPCA is urging anyone with information to contact them on 0300 123 8018.