Ensure dogs are under control at all times - that's the message being conveyed by Sligo County Council as the lambing season gets underway for early-lambing flocks.
"Dogs can cause devastating damage when they attack sheep at any time of the year but the damage is even more pronounced at this time as ewes are in lamb." a spokesperson explained in a statement on social media.
According to statistics from the IFA, some 300 to 400 attacks occur per annum, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and an average of 11 sheep killed or injured per attack.
"Where a dog owner is identified, they are responsible for the losses suffered if their dog attacks sheep."
"The council will investigate any reported attack and follow through on any findings."
"However, the best way to avoid attacks is for dog owners ensure their dog is under control at all times." the statement concluded.