'These attacks could escalate': Dogs kill 66 sheep in Louth alone since February
A walker was also attacked in north Co. Louth this year, says an ifa report
The problem of out of control dogs attacking sheep and lambs in the north Louth has escalated since the start of the year, with the IFA in Louth reporting that 66 sheep and a calf have been killed by dogs since February.
And the Argus has been told about an incident at Ravensdale Forest recently where a walker in his seventies was attacked by a dog, while its owner, it is believed, sat in a car.
It also reports on that there was a further incident near Carlingford earlier this month where a farmer, whose sheep were under attack, shot two dogs dead on his land.
The pain of the situation for farmers in North Louth was highlighted earlier this year by the Argus who featured Hackballscross farmer Henry McElroy, who lost more than 20 sheep and lambs in a savage attack in his fields.
Mr McElroy spoke of not only the financial cost of the attack, but also the huge frustration felt by him and many other farmers that 'no one seems to be taking responsibility' for stopping these attacks.
He said last week that the death of a woman in Galway, who was attacked and killed by dogs at a private property, 'brought home the terrible reality' of what can happen when dogs attack. He criticised Gardai, the Department of Agriculture and Louth County Council for, he claimed, failing to take the matter seriously enough.
The latest attack came on June 8 at Rooskey, Carlingford. It is understood that a neighbour of the farmer saw two dogs on the land and contacted the land owner between 8pm and 9pm.
The land owner shot the two dogs and contacted dog warden at Louth County Council. It is understood the dogs' owner had been out looking for them and has since been in touch with the farmer.