Fifty in-lamb ewes were attacked/worried by three dogs between Durrow and Ballinakill in the townland of Fermoyle, in Co. Laois, on Thursday, January 16th.
Two of the dogs were shot and the owners of all three dogs have been identified, according to a spokesperson for Laois Dog Pound Shelter.
In a statement on the sheep kill/attack/worry, the spokesperson, said: “[The] farmer is still locating his sheep and assessing the full damage of this attack.”
“Laois Dog Warden is currently checking dog licences throughout the area and county. All dog owners must have their dog(s) kept under effectual/proper control at all times.”
All dogs, the spokesperson added, are required to wear an ID tag, bearing the name & address of owner, attached to its collar.
“All owners must have a valid dog licence for all dogs kept, available from any post office or online.”
“Also, all dogs must have a microchip implanted and all owner’s current details must be on [the] database.”
“If you come across any dog(s) worrying livestock, please report to Gardaí and local dog warden.” the spokesperson concluded.
Image source: Laois Dog Pound Shelter Facebook