Owner of dogs that killed 12 sheep in horrific Kilkenny attack identified
Gardai are investigating the death of up to 12 sheep killed in a dog attack over the weekend in Co Kilkenny.
According to Gardai the incident took place in Ballyfoyle, outside Castlecomer in North Kilkenny on Sunday 26 November.
Gardai told FarmIreland that the owner of the two dogs involved in the attack has been identified and that the dogs are due to be disposed of.
Compensation will also be paid to the owner of the sheep.
While Gardai had no confirmed number of sheep killed in the attack, reports in the Kilkenny People stated that “up to 12 sheep” were killed.
IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey has said marauding dogs can inflict horrendous damage on sheep flocks.
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.