An Garda Síochána has received close to 50 reports of livestock being attacked since March 2020.
It has, this morning (Wednesday, July 1st), issued an appeal to all dog owners to ensure their dogs are kept under control.
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, a Garda spokesperson explained.
In another incident in Meath, a farmer shot two dogs after six of their sheep were killed, while a further two were injured.
Know your rights
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 animals.”
“We would ask that everyone ensures their dog is kept under control as nobody wants to see animals being harmed,” White concluded.
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