POLICE are trying to trace the owner of a dog that attacked a sheep on private land yesterday (Easter Monday, April 10).

The incident happened on Pike Hill, Shepton Mallet at around 10.30am.

The dog is described as a brindle and white bull terrier type dog, approximately the same size as a Labrador.

A spokesperson for Mendip Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "If you are the owner of this dog, were witness to this attack, or have any information about which dog this may be then please contact us quoting crime reference number 5223082697.

"It's likely that the dog returned to its owner with its face stained from the attack."

The spokesperson added: "Dog owners must be aware that sheep worrying - which includes your dog attacking or chasing sheep - is illegal.

"There need not be any physical contact between the dog and livestock.

"As the dog owner you are liable for the actions of your dog whether it is worrying livestock or whether it is dangerously out of control and harms another person.

"Animals can be unpredictable and prevention is better than cure so please take reasonable precautions to prevent an incident taking place.

"This can be as simple as keeping your dog on a lead and in some cases may include muzzling your dog.

"If these steps are not taken and an incident such as the one above takes place, or a person or child is bitten then you may be asked to account for your decision in a police interview or court."