To coincide with the lambing season, Galway County Council is highlighting the responsibility of dog owners and the vulnerability of sheep to dog attacks.
In a statement on the matter, a spokesperson for Galway County Council said: “It is the responsibility of dog owners under the Control of Dogs Act, to ensure that their dogs are under effective control at all times.”
“Attacks on sheep can result in economic losses to the farmer, for which the dog owner can be held liable under the Control of Dogs Act.”
“Dog owners are requested to be particularly vigilant at this time of year and that your dog is never let out unsupervised.”
“Farmers who are affected are asked to report all attacks to the Gardaí and Galway County Council’s dog warden service.” the statement concluded.
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