'You will be held responsible': Farmers' stark warning to dog owners after spate of savage sheep attacks
Figures show an average of 11 sheep killed or injured per attack.
Following a number of dog attacks on sheep in the Cooley Peninsula in recent weeks, Louth IFA Chairman Gerard Melia has issued a stark warning to all dog owners of their responsibility to keep their pets are under control at all times.
“Owners can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks, with serious financial and legal consequences. Farmers have a right to protect their sheep flock and can shoot a dog worrying, or about to worry their flock.”
Meanwhile, a farmer in Donegal is appealing for information in relation to a dog attack on his sheep on an island of the Donegal coast.
Sheep farmer Paddy Boyle says the sheep were attacked around 11am on Wednesday June 8 on Ballyboyle Island, which is located very close Donegal town.
Boyle says fourteen lambs are dead, five more badly wounded.
"We are appealing for information, if anyone saw anything happening on the island or a dog/dogs making its way to the island on Wednesday and want to further appeal to responsible dog owners to help us find the culprit so we can all move on from this.
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.