*Warning graphic content: Almost 20 sheep killed in dog attack that leaves family facing more trauma
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A dog attack on a flock of sheep in recent days left 20 sheep dead, but the owners face more trauma when the ewes lamb.
Tipperary farmers Mary and Tim Ryan farm outside Templederry, Nenagh, and recently lost 20 ewes after a dog attack on their flocks.
"We have about 60 acres near Templederry and all was quiet at 10am when we were up there with the sheep.
"Then got a phonecall about 3.30 – a neighbour had heard dogs barking," Mary said.
By the time they got to the field the damage was done and the dogs were gone. "When we went up to the field, which is only 10 minutes away, we were met with scenes of devestation."
She described that two ewes that were trapped in the cattle grid were dead after being attacked there. "You can imagine the terror they went through."
In total 14 female sheep were killed, all of which were carrying lambs and since then another four were so traumatised that they later died.
Mary estimates that the attack has cost herself and husband Tim in the region of €5,000 and they don't have insurance to cover it. However, she is more concerned about what will happen when the rest of the ewes lamb in the coming weeks.