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Dogs found worrying sheep can be shot on sight

Sean Dennehy, IFA national sheep chairman, has sent a blunt warning to dog owners in the lead up to the Easter bank holiday weekend.

His warning comes on the back of an attack on a flock in South Tipperary in recent days.

Another severe attack occurred in the Cashel area where seven lambs and a ewe were killed by dogs.

Erica O’Keefe, IFA South Tipperary chairperson, was in contact with the owner of the flock. She said: “This horrendous attack by marauding dogs on a sheep flock is an all too common occurrence. The owner is devastated as a number of sheep were killed and more had to be put down.”

“Dog owners can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks on sheep, 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”. Dennehy added.


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He reminded farmers of the protocol to help those who encounter a dog attack on their sheep, issued by the IFA.

It contains detailed information on the law regarding incidents like this as well as how the dog warden service and the Gardaí can help. The protocol also contains information on how to keep a record of the attack, which can later be used in evidence.

The IFA sheep chairman concluded by saying: “Dog owners who allow their pets to roam without restriction, are acting in a grossly irresponsible, reckless and selfish manner. A family pet can turn into a brutal killer and cause savagery and mayhem if they are not properly monitored.”

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