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Family's four sheep dogs stolen from Cairnie

Four stolen border collies Image copyright Police Scotland

The "distressing" theft of four sheep dogs worth thousands of pounds is being investigated in Aberdeenshire.

The three female and one male working border collies were taken from a rural property in the Cairnie area, north of Huntly.

The theft happened between 19:30 on Wednesday and 07:00 on Thursday.

PC Megan McDonald said: "This is a distressing crime for the owner. Not only are these dogs working sheep dogs they are family pets."

She added: "The commercial and financial impact this is having on the owner is huge.

"The dogs are worth an estimated five-figure sum because of their training and breeding.

"We appeal to anyone who has any information that can help locate the dogs and reunite them with their owner to contact us."

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