Gardaí in Milford, County Donegal seized sheep (13 ewes and 15 lambs) yesterday (Monday, April 26th, 2021).
They led a joint operation accompanied by the Department of Agriculture Special Investigation Unit in the environs of the Ramelton Sub District yesterday morning.
In a post on social media, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Donegal, said:
“This morning, Gardaí in Milford led a joint operation accompanied by the Department of Agriculture Special Investigation Unit in the environs of the Ramelton Sub District.”
“As a result of this operation, 13 ewes and 15 lambs were seized. Investigations are ongoing to ascertain ownership and traceability of the livestock.”
Gardaí at Milford appeal to all farmers if they have information on irregularities or traceability in livestock to contact them on 0749153060.”
Dogs attack sheep
Meanwhile, across the waters in the UK, Police is warning dog owners to keep their pets under control after two dogs killed several sheep in the Moorlands.
Officers were called at 7am on Saturday, April 24th, to farmland on Rectory Road in Hollington following reports of animals injured.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers attended, and two German Shepherd dogs were reported killing sheep before running off. A total of seven lambs and one ewe died.”
“Further livestock was also hurt, some of which have dependent lambs. The farmer, who was legally allowed to shoot the dogs, but did not do so, was later assisted by a local vet.”
Officers traced the owner of the dogs and confirmed that enquiries are “ongoing”.
Written into the law
Chief Inspector Mark Thorley of Staffordshire Moorlands neighbourhood policing team said: “No farmer likes the prospect of shooting a dog, let alone actually doing it, but it’s written into law that they can protect their livestock by shooting any dog which is worrying said livestock.”
“There is only one person who can prevent this kind of incident from happening – the dog’s owner.”
“I’d like to remind and warn dog owners that they may pay the ultimate price if they do not keep their animals under control.”
“They should also consider that livestock can be worth huge sums of money, which they may be liable for if their pet goes on to injure or kill them.”
“You need not worry; however, as if you’re with your dog and you have it under proper control as the law states you should, there is no risk to the livestock or your dog.”