As lambing season kicks off in the Northwest, Sligo County Council (SCC) have reminded dog owners of their responsibilities, whilst also warning of potential repercussions should their animal attack a flock of sheep.
They warn that dogs can cause “devastating damage” when they are loose near a flock of sheep, noting that this damage is increased significantly during lambing season. They noted that, according to IFA figures, there are between 300-400 sheep attacks each year, with a staggering 4,000 sheep injured.
They also noted that the average number of sheep killed or injured during a dog attack is set at 11, which represents almost 10% of the national average flock size (133 ewes). Sligo County council reminded dog owners of their responsibility, before warning them that they will be responsible for losses suffered by farmers during attacks.
“Sligo County Council reminds all dog owners of the need to ensure that their dogs are under control at all times.” They posted.
“Where a dog owner is identified, they are responsible for the losses suffered if their dog attacks sheep.” They urged.
They advised dog owners that the best way of preventing such instances is to ensure their dog is under their control at all times.
“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.” They concluded.