SIXTEEN lambs were killed and four were injured in a horrific dog attack in Kelty.

The incident happened at Blairadam Farm between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Monday.

Police officers believe the lambs were attacked by at least one dog, and are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time to get in touch.

The estimated value of the damage is around £7,000.

Six lambs were found dead on the farm, and 10 were so severely injured they had to be put down.

Inspector Stephen Gray said: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and we are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

“The lambing season has started and worrying can cause stress to sheep that can result in them losing their lambs, as well as injuries that can lead to their death.

“All of this is at considerable cost to farmers.

“Dog owners could face prosecution if their dog attacks livestock so we are urging them to keep dogs on a lead when walking near livestock as well as making sure they do not run or escape into fields on their own.

“I am asking all dog owners to be considerate. Please remember that it is your dog and your responsibility to keep them under control.”

Anyone with any information, is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1580 of Monday, April 3.

The SSPCA said it was "very saddened" by the incident which caused "tremendous suffering".

SSPCA Chief superintendent, Mike Flynn, said: “We are very saddened to hear about the death of 16 lambs after a dog attack in Fife. This was a terrible incident which caused tremendous suffering.

“We always try to remind people that lambs and calves are being born at this time of year and the public should keep their distance. Getting too close to cows and sheep can cause them to panic, resulting in injuries or even miscarriages for pregnant mothers.

“Please, if you are near farm land, keep your dog on a lead. No matter how obedient you believe them to be, animals can surprise us and change their mind on a whim.

“If we take responsibility for the actions of ourselves and our pets and respect farmers’ land then these tragic attacks can be avoided.”