South Scotland

Pony rider shakes off dog after three-mile chase

Police are trying to trace the owner of a large dog which chased a rider and her pony for several miles in the Scottish Borders.

The incident occurred in the Gattonside area near to the River Tweed when a dog, possibly a Rottweiler, broke away from its owner.

Fearing for the welfare of her pony, the woman galloped towards Gattonside Mains Farm to try to lose the dog.

The dog continued to chase for about three miles before being lost to sight.

The incident happened at about 18:30 on Thursday.

'Frightening experience'

Police are carrying out inquiries into the matter and are appealing for information in an effort to trace the dog's owner.

Insp John Scott, based at Kelso police station, said: "This was a frightening experience for someone to go through and dog owners must be aware of their responsibilities when taking their pets into rural areas.

"The chase began in a spot particularly popular with walkers as well as dog owners and I would be interested to speak with anyone who was in the area around this time.

"I also urge the owner of this dog to contact police as soon as possible."

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