POLICE have issued a warning to dog owners after two pregnant ewes were attacked in a 'serious' sheep worrying incident in Bowness.

The ewes sustained wounds to their heads and face following the incident, which took place in a field on Glebe Road.

Police believe the attacks have been by dogs who have been off leads, unattended and allowed to chase sheep in fields.

The attack occurred between 11am on January 28 and 10am on January 29.

PC Jim Bell said: “This was an unnecessary attack on innocent animals.

"Walkers in the area need to understand that dogs should be under close control at all times, especially when being walked on farm land near to livestock.

"Some dog owners will say “my dog will never run off or attack”, but they just don’t know - if in any doubt put your dog on a lead.

“Many people are completely unaware that simply chasing the sheep can cause the ewes to lose their lambs.

"It is not actually necessary for the dog to bite the sheep to cause enormous stress and suffering.

“Farmers are entitled to take action if they see dogs chasing or attacking sheep.

"By maintaining control of your pet, you can prevent a distressing incident from happening.”

The Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about this or any other attacks on livestock.

 Anyone with information is asked to call PC Jim Bell at Cumbria Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.