A WARNING has been issued for dogwalkers to be in more control of their pets when walking across farmlands. 

Northumberland County Council issued an urgent appeal after a dog reportedly killed a deer on Monday afternoon (March 18).

This has come as a timely reminder to dog walkers as lambing season approaches in Northumberland.

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “Our animal welfare team did receive a report of a dog killing a deer.

"From the photos we have seen online it appears to be a Lurcher.  The dog could not be found and therefore animal welfare officers are unsure whether it returned back to its owner or it still out straying. 

“If you do spot this dog please contact the council’s animal welfare team on 0345 600 6400. 

“We’d urge all dog walkers to ensure their dogs are under control at all times. This is especially important near roads and on farmland as we enter the lambing season. “