With the recent spate of dog attacks on sheep, here is a reminder of your rights.


The news has been filled with stories of sheep being killed in dog attacks recently, listed below is your rights when it comes to a trespassing dog.

With the recent spate of dog attacks on sheep, here is a reminder of your rights.

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The news has been filled with stories of sheep being killed in dog attacks recently, listed below is your rights when it comes to a trespassing dog.

The news has been filled with stories of sheep being killed in dog attacks recently, listed below is your rights when it comes to a trespassing dog.

Recently there have been many stories circulating in the news, of sheep being killed by dogs, most recently in Co. Leitrim and on the Longford/Westmeath border.

But do you know your rights when it comes to a trespassing dog on your property? Check out our full list of your rights below.

The law clearly states that there are circumstances where it is allowed to shoot a dog. This means farmers are allowed to shoot the dogs, if they feel there is a danger of them worrying, injuring or killing their stock.

There are specific instances where such a shooting would be held to be lawful. These are set out in Section 23 and must be proved by the Defendant, according to the Irish Statute book.

See the list of instances where it is permitted below:

  • The dog was shot when it was worrying, or was about to worry livestock and that there were no other reasonable means of ending or preventing the worrying;
  • or the dog was a stray dog which was in the vicinity of a place where livestock had been injured or killed,
  • The Defendant reasonably believed that the dog had been involved in the injury or killing, and there were no practicable means of seizing the dog or ascertaining to whom it belonged;
  • He was the person in charge of the livestock,
  • He notified within forty-eight hours the member in charge at the local garda of the incident.
Note: These provisions will be satisfied if the Defendant believed and had reasonable grounds for his belief that these provisions had been satisfied.


If you are a dog owner, always make sure to keep a good control of your pet. You don’t want your little furry friend to be killed for trespassing.

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