All dog owners must ensure their dogs are kept under effectual, proper control and accompanied at all times.
That is the message from Laois Dog Pound Shelter following a dog attack in the county.
In the early hours/morning of Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020, a sheep kill took place in Coolrain, Co. Laois.
The shelter shed light on the incident on social media.
“A lamb was attacked & killed by decapitation, another ewe was dead, in lamb, another ewe, in lamb, badly injured and another lamb badly injured.”
“Also, 140 ewes that are heavy in-lamb were attacked/worried and scattered everywhere, which were attacked and worried by dog/s, of which have yet to lamb and may end up losing a large number of lambs.”
“The farmer is still locating his sheep and assessing the full damage of this attack.”
“Gardaí are investigating & Laois Dog Warden is patrolling area & checking dog licences on database throughout the area of Coolrain and surrounding towns lands.”
“Any information regarding this attack, please report to your local Garda Station.
Dog owner responsibilities
All dog owners are liable for damage caused to livestock.
All dog owners, person in charge of and in possession of a dog, must have their dog(s) accompanied and kept under effectual/proper control at all times.”
“All dogs are required to wear an ID tag, bearing the name & address of owner attached to collar.”
“All dog owners must have a valid dog licence for all dogs kept by them available from any post office or online at: www.licences.ie.”
“Also, all dogs must have a microchip implanted, and all owners’ current details must be on database.”
“€100 fixed penalty notice are and will be issued to the owners of all unlicensed dogs in the area and to the owners of all dog/s unaccompanied and not kept under effectual control.”
“If you come across any dog worrying livestock, please report to your local Gardaí and Local Dog Warden.”