Gardai issue warning to dog owners after 50 attacks reported on sheep since March

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Gardai issue warning to dog owners after 50 attacks reported on sheep since March

An image of sheep injured in a dog attack on a flock in Tipperary

Gardaí are appealing to all dog owners to ensure their dogs are kept under control as Gardaí have received nearly 50 reports of livestock being attacked since March 2020.

In one incident in Leitrim a dog attacked seven sheep on a farm. The owner was identified and had to pay damages to the farmer and the dog then had to be put down.

In another incident in Meath, a famer shot two dogs as the dogs had killed six sheep and injured two more.

In total in Sligo/Leitrim there have been 7 reported dog attacks on sheep flocks between March 1 and June 29 this year.

Inspector James White said "If your dog goes and attacks animals on someone’s land, you could be held liable for the damages and face prosecution. The farmer is also within their right to shoot any animal that is worrying their livestock.

"Whilst you might think your dog is friendly and placid at home, they can cause horrific injuries to other animal. We would ask that everyone ensures their dog is kept under control as nobody wants to see animals being harmed.”