A recent dog attack in Co. Wexford has led to a farming family in the county making an appeal to dog owners to show greater responsibility for their animals, as reported in the Wexford People.
Wilfred and Ann Jones run a flock of 70 sheep in the Ferrycarrig area of Co. Wexford and their flock was attacked by dogs on Friday of last week, January 4th. The attack on their in-lamb ewes, most of which were due next month, saw three sheep brutally killed and a further nine injured.
Farmer Wilfred Jones went out to check the flock on Friday January 4th, only to discover the shocking aftermath of the dog attack. The farmer found one of his sheep in a drain, whilst wool and blood could be seen in the field.
“He found one in a drain and thought it might have just turned over and fallen, but when he drove across the field, there was wool and blood everywhere and he found the rest of them.” Ann Jones explained.
“We think it happened early Friday morning because the dead sheep were still warm when he found them.”
The three animals killed in the attack were so badly “mauled” that there was nothing remaining to stitch them up. The nine sheep injured required veterinary treatment and the remainder of the flock are said to be terrified. Two sheep actually escaped the field, in an attempt to avoid the attack.
The farmers have estimated that the dog attack has cost them in excess of €1,000 and they have been left with no alternative but to move their flock to another field in case of repeat attacks.
“It was a really vicious attack and I would say there was more than one dog. Whoever’s dog or dogs did it, it should be fairly obvious to the owners as there’ll be wool in their teeth and blood on their fur.” Ann Jones said.
The Gardaí have been informed of the attacks, as have the IFA, with investigations ongoing. Anyone with any information on the attacks is urged to contact Gardaí on 053-9165200. The dog owners have yet to come forward or be identified.
Picture Below - Courtesy of the Wexford People - shows the result of the attack - Warning it is Graphic in nature!