Daphne Scott, Co. Cavan said she is still experiencing issues with her sheep, days after they were attacked by a pack of dogs.
The first incident occurred at Loughnaconnick on Saturday afternoon (February 2nd) between 1:30pm and 3:30pm as reported by us here.
Six of her in-lamb ewes were killed, while a further six were injured; the following morning, a dog returned and killed another one of her sheep, while another was injured.
Releasing an update on Facebook yesterday (Thursday, February 8th), the farmer said: “It’s now 5 days after my sheep were attacked and I’m still having problems with the sheep that were chased.”
“And there are still people out there that don’t understand and think farmers are at fault?”
“I am absolutely furious - these poor innocent animals didn’t deserve this and god help whoever is to blame.” The post concluded.
The ISPCA is reminding pet owners that they are liable for injury or damage caused by their dog to people or to livestock. They wish to highlight the importance of keeping all dogs on a lead and under effective control both day and night.
“Sheep that try to escape from dogs are often very seriously injured or killed during their panicked attempts to escape, also causing damage to fences and field boundaries.”
“The farming community see horrific dog attacks to their flock which cause harm to sheep, pregnant ewes and lambs, and cause huge difficulty to farmers during lambing season from January through the spring.”
“Please remember that this is a farmers’ place of work and that their livestock is their livelihood.”
Are farmers within their rights to shoot dogs?
ISPCA Chief Inspector - Conor Dowling said: “A dog’s natural instinct can be to chase, and even the most docile, well-behaved dog may take part in pack behaviour.”
“Pregnant ewes can be injured in a panic to escape from chasing dogs, often miscarrying their lambs. Or worse, they are fatally injured causing serious suffering and damage and devastation to farmers."
“Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended by the Control of Dogs Act 1992, it is an offence not to have your dog under effectual control and local authorities are responsible for enforcing the control of dog’s acts.” He added.
In certain circumstance, farmers may be legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering livestock on their property so if you live or walk near a sheep farm.
If you do see a dog that appears to be a stray, please report it to your local Dog Warden here or in the case of an emergency, please contact your local Garda Station.
Image source: Dauphe Scott \ Facebook