Police have issued a warning after out of control dogs are believed to have attacked two pregnant deer near Inverkip.

Both roe deer have been found badly injured bearing wounds caused by suspected dog attacks.

The deer had to be humanly killed to end its suffering - both had been heavily pregnant more than likely with twins.

A police spokesperson said: "With the arrival of spring it is timely to remind dog owners of their responsibilities when walking their dog in the countryside particularly on or around farmland. Lambing season has begun and Roe deer will also be having fawns soon as well.

"It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to chase, harass, injure or kill any wild animal except in very limited circumstances.

"It is also an offence to allow your dog to worry livestock."

The recent amendment to the Protection of Livestock Scotland Bill will increase potential fines to £40,000 or 12 months imprisonment. The owner of the livestock or a person acting on their behalf can legally shoot a dog harassing or attacking sheep if the dog cannot be quickly brought under control.