'Dog owners have an obligation to have their dog under control' - Garda probe after two separate sheep attacks
Gardai in Wexford have warned dog owners to secure their pets following two separate attacks on sheep in recent days.
On Friday, seven sheep were injured in a dog attack on a farm in Bridgetown.
Two of the animals had to be put down.
And on Sunday, two sheep were killed and another injured on a farm in Murrintown.
IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said marauding dogs can inflict horrendous damage on a sheep flock.
Statistics collated by IFA indicate that the problem of dog attacks on sheep may be in the order of 300 to 400 attacks each year, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and killed. Data on dog attacks gathered by the IFA shows an average of 11 sheep killed or injured per attack.
“Unfortunately, I am taking calls on a frequent basis from sheep farmers around the country who have suffered attacks.