After two huskies were shot dead, there’s been a lively debate on whether or not sheep farmers should be entitled to kill trespassing dogs.
Andy Cullen and his partner Joanne owned the huskies as pets, but they also run the organisation that aims to rehome huskies. The Facebook post described the ‘difficult time’ that the owners are going through after losing their pets. The dogs were found on a neighbouring farm after being killed by the sheep flock’s owner.
The Kildare farmer reportedly held down the dogs after catching them and the two animals were shot in the head. They were said to be terrorising the sheep, and graphic pictures were released of at least one injured ewe, according to the Irish Independent.
At a time when ewes may be pregnant, and in a species where spontaneous abortion is a terrible problem for farmers, the arrival of two dogs must have been stressful for the flock.
The incident raises the issue of whether or not farmers should be entitled to shoot dogs with the intention of killing them, even if they have been safely restrained at that point.
The argument being put forward by the couple who own the dogs is that they would have euthanised the pair themselves if they had been allowed to collect them unharmed, says the Independent. However, farmers’ opinions are that the shock and horror of dogs attacking their flock gives them every right to kill the trespassing animal, no matter what the circumstances are once a sheep has been hurt.
What’s the opinion of our readers? Was the farmer well within his rights or did he act too harshly?