Sat, 15 Aug 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - An alarming number of attacks by dogs on sheep has prompted an appeal from gardai for dog owners to keep their animals under control.

There have been nearly fifty incidents of livestock being attacked since March.

In one incident in Leitrim a dog attacked 7 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 farmer shot two dogs as the dogs had killed 6 sheep and injured two more.

"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," Inspector James White said Wednesday.

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

Following is the number of attacks for various garda districts since March:

- Sligo/Leitrim - 7
- Galway - 6
- Tipperary - 5
- Roscommon/Longford - 4
- Kildare - 4
- Meath - 3
- Cork West - 3
- Donegal - 3
- Wexford - 3
- Cavan/Monaghan - 2
- Cork North - 1
- Westmeath - 1
- Mayo - 1
- Limerick - 1
- Kerry - 1
- Kilkenny/Carlow - 1
- Laois/Offaly - 1

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