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Sunday 11 December 2016

Farmer who shot rampaging dogs releases picture of his injured sheep

Warning: Distressing images

Published 25/11/2016 | 12:07

The farmer whose sheep were attacked by dogs this week has released pictures of his injured sheep.

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A sheep worrying incident reported to Gardai in Kildare between 3.30pm and 4pm on Tuesday. Gardai who attended the scene in Friarstown, Kildare found two dogs dead and a significant number of distressed sheep one of which was badly injured.

Gardai are currently investigating the incident.

IFA National Sheep Chairman, John Lynskey said that while a farmer is within their rights to shoot any dog worrying sheep on their land it's not a policy the IFA promotes. "We promote dog owners to act responsibly," he said.

He also said any farmer who comes across sheep attacking or worrying sheep can shoot the dogs. He also said that in such an instance a farmer must report the shooting to the Gardai within 24 hours.

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

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Andy Cullen and his partner Joanne Meade were left devastated when two of their pet husky dogs were shot after breaking into a farmer's field in Kildare.

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The two, who run the Dublin Husky Rescue from Andy's home near Friarstown, Kildare, say they have been left numb after losing their two pets.

"Joanne saw that the dogs had broken through the fence around our house on Tuesday and rang me immediatly. I rang the farmer who owns the land and told him I was on my way to get the dogs.

"He said that he already had people chasing the dogs and that one of them had a gun."

Read also: 'They were family to us' - Couple devastated after pet huskies shot dead for attacking sheep

But, by the time Andy got to the field it was too late. "When I drove down to the field it was too late. The two dogs were laid out dead. They had been shot.

"I know sheep worrying is a problem for farmers, but I would have taken them to the vet and euthanised them. I don't know why they could not have been held until I got there."

He also said any farmer who comes across sheep attacking or worrying sheep can shoot the dogs. He also said that in such an instance a farmer must report the shooting to the Gardai within 24 hours.

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