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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Farmer appeals for information as lambs savaged by dogs on Donegal island

Both farmers and dog owners must be clear on their rights.
Both farmers and dog owners must be clear on their rights.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

A farmer in Donegal is appealing for information in relation to a dog attack on his sheep on an island of the Donegal coast.

Sheep farmer Paddy Boyle says the sheep were attacked around 11am on Wednesday 8 on Ballyboyle Island,  which is located very close Donegal town.

Boyle says fourteen lambs are dead, five more badly wounded.

"We are appealing for information, if anyone saw anything happening on the island or a dog/dogs making its way to the island on Wednesday and want to further appeal to responsible dog owners to help us find the culprit so we can all move on from this.

"We also want to warn the farming community around the area be vigilant of further attacks on your flocks," Boyle said in an appeal to the public on Facebook.

Read also: Are farmers within their rights to shoot dogs which attack sheep?

Anyone with information is asked to contact Donegal Garda station on 074-9721021.

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The IFA estimate that upwards of 3,000 livestock are lost each year to dog attacks. It's an estimate based on the average annual incidence of dog-on-sheep attacks of 300 - 400 as an average of ten sheep are killed in each attack.

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