A DOG owner was ordered to pay £300 after their dog killed a lamb.

Dorset Police were called to Sturminster Newton after a lamb was killed by a dog.

Shortly after the incident, the owner of the dog came forward to provide an account.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police Rural Crime Team said: "We were able to deal with this dog owner out of court by way of conditional caution, and they have been ordered to pay back the victim farmer £300 to cover the loss suffered.

"On this occasion, the dog owner did the right thing by coming forward.

"Cases of sheep worrying can carry a fine of up to £1000.

"Sheep are valuable assets to farmers and any harm to them harm a farmer’s livelihood. Even if you don’t believe so, your dog can kill.

"Please remember to keep your dogs on a lead around livestock."

The lamb was killed on Friday, March 29, but police have released the information today.