A number of sheep were killed by a dog in the Rathfeigh/Skyrne area in Co. Meath over the past number of days, a Garda spokesperson has confirmed.
Releasing a statement, Meath Crime Prevention said: “We want to highlight how important it is to keep all dogs under control at all times.”
“Never assume your pet is not capable of killing sheep as they all are.”
“Please put measures in place to keep the dog under control and know where your dog is at all times.” The statement concluded.
Statistics gathered by IFA indicate that the problem may be in the order of 300-400 attacks each year, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and killed; data shows an average of 11 sheep killed or injured per attack.
IFA National Sheep Chairman - Sean Dennehy has accused dog owners who allow their pets to roam without restriction, of acting in a "grossly irresponsible, reckless and selfish manner".
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