A number of sheep, many of which were in-lamb, were killed in a dog attack in Co. Tipperary in recent days.
116 sheep died from shock or by being crushed in the flock, according to their owner.
“This is what the result of sheep worrying looks like. And why it is so important for dog walkers to act responsibly and keep dogs on a lead in the countryside.” Jackie Murray outlined in a post on Facebook.
“Dogs don't have to attack sheep to kill them.” She added.
Releasing a statement on Facebook, INHFA Leitrim, West Cavan and North Roscommon said: “Imagine the heartbreak of facing this situation! Sadly, most of us have been faced with dead and mutilated sheep, at some point.”
“There is certainly nothing more stomach-churning than seeing animals as defenceless as sheep with their flesh ripped open.” The spokesperson added.
“The hurt goes much deeper than the financial loss of the livestock and the expected lambs.”
“Dog owners seem to have no understanding of the impact a scene like this has on a farm family - It’s just not acceptable anymore.” The statement concluded.
Image source: Jackie Murray \ Facebook